Success: Google to Ban “Revenge Porn” from Search Results

Chrissy Chambers_End Revenge Porn

Target: Senior Vice President of Google Search, Amit Singhal

Goal: Commend Google for stopping the search of revenge porn after numerous calls from victims.

Recently, Google announced that it would stop the search of “revenge porn.” The Internet giant has decided to take this step as a way of addressing a persistent problem of the digital age. The internet has been characterized by several incidences of people uploading nude or sexually explicit photos of others without consent. “Revenge porn” victims and activists around the world, together with the ForceChange community, have expressed their outrage over the issue.

Google announced that it would allow victims of the so-called “revenge porn” to remove some web pages from Google’s search results. The measure will help in limiting access to nude or sexually explicit photographs and videos that are shared without the subject’s permission. The company has opened a web form that will give Internet users a chance to request the removal of results showing them naked or in a sexually explicit situation.

The important step by Google will help in limiting the damage caused by revenge porn, which has proven difficult to stop through legal procedures. “Revenge porn” images or videos are very personal and emotionally detrimental, and only degrade the victims who are mostly women. The company has also admitted that it cannot entirely ‘wipe’ such images off the web, but since it forms a core part of web experience, the new policy should bring dramatic change.

Cases of revenge porn have mostly resulted from an ex-partner seeking to humiliate a former lover, or hackers stealing and distributing pictures and videos from victims’ accounts. The contents appear on websites that permit anyone to download and view, making it harder to control who accesses such materials.

Google’s new policy should not stir any controversies since it is aimed at protecting victims. Indeed, this is a significant step in combating “revenge porn” and many should applaud it. Sign this petition to thank Google for honoring the request of “revenge porn” victims and activists.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Amit Singhal,

Following Google’s recent announcement of removing “revenge porn” materials from the internet, I am writing this letter to thank you for taking such a significant step. For a long time, Google has been hesitant of interfering with its search results for several reasons. However, the new policy comes at a time when countries are experiencing problems arising from a digital age.

Though Google may not be able to remove all the materials, the role played by your company in the internet world is sufficient in reducing harm to victims. Once Google removes “revenge porn” images and videos from its search results, it will become difficult to access such information. I would like to commend you for the step, as it will help in censoring unauthorized photos and videos from your search engine. The new policy should assist in cracking down this malicious practice, termed “revenge porn.”

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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