After Google, Microsoft cracks down on revenge porn as well

In an attempt to banish revenge porn Microsoft joins hand with Google for this noble cause

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 23, 2015 1:32 pm
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In an attempt to help victims of revenge porn, Microsoft’s Bing Search engine has joined hands with Google to ban search results to such videos and links.
Microsoft is in the process of eliminating links of revenge porn in its Bing search engine, the Xbox Live gaming network and OneDrive, its cloud service, the company mentioned in a statement. This was followed by a similar attempt by Google back in June.
So what is Revenge porn? This is intimate content uploaded on porn websites by disgruntled partners (can be both former or current) with the intention of humiliating the other person.
In the case of revenge porn, those posting it often include identity markers, links to social media profiles, addresses, etc to ensure that the victim is truly discovered and shamed on the site.
In most cases, the intimate content, which includes sex tapes, naked pictures, were taken at the time of the relationship and when the relationship fails, the former partner resorts to sharing this content online to shame their ex-spouses.  Those whose photos are leaked face online mocking, further harassment and sometimes victims have committed suicide as well.
Google and Bing are the two biggest search engines in the US, and their promise to crack down on revenge porn is a good sign.  However as this post  Mashable  points out, identifying what constitutes as revenge porn is not easy. In any case, victims will have to reach out to Google or Microsoft to get the links taken off from search results.
Where revenge porn laws in the US are concerned, there’s not a lot of clarity on the subject as this John Oliver video explains and that women have to go through a convoluted process to even file a complaint.
So while Microsoft and Google have done well to disable search links to such videos, photos, the law too needs to make sure that victims can even begin to fight for justice.

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