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Google cracks down on 'revenge porn'

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP):

Google plans to censor unauthorised nude photos from its influential Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as 'revenge porn'.

The new rules announced last Friday will allow people whose naked pictures have been posted on a website without their permission to ask Google to prevent links to the image from appearing in its search results. A form for submitting the censorship requests to Google should be available within the next few weeks.

Google traditionally has resisted efforts to erase online content from its Internet search engine, maintaining that its judgements about information and images should be limited to how relevant the material is to each person's query.

That libertarian approach helped establish Google as the world's most dominant search engine, processing roughly two-thirds of all online requests for information.