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July 23, 2015

Microsoft Does Its Part to Fight Revenge Porn

Company Debuts Site for Victims to Request Link Removals

Photo by Johannes Hemmerlein

Microsoft is joining the war against revenge porn.

The software giant has launched a site enabling victims of the malicious act to quickly and easily report the inappropriate content.

Once notified, Microsoft will then remove links to photos and videos from Bing search results and remove access to the content itself when shared on OneDrive or Xbox Live. When links or content are removed, Microsoft said it does so globally.

“When someone shares intimate images of another person online without that person’s consent, the effects can be truly devastating,” Microsoft chief online safety officer Jacqueline Beauchere said in a blog post.

“These gross violations of privacy are commonly (and unartfully) referred to as ‘revenge porn.’ Unfortunately, revenge porn is on the rise across the globe. It can damage nearly every aspect of a victim’s life: relationships, career, social activities. In the most severe and tragic cases, it has even led to suicide.”

The new reporting Web page is presently available in English only, but the company plans to expand its language offerings in the coming weeks.

Beauchere called the site a small step toward eradicating a very large problem. She said public and private sectors need to get onboard to enable content removal from the Internet at large.

“It’s important to remember, for example, that removing links in search results to content hosted elsewhere online doesn’t actually remove the content from the Internet – victims still need stronger protections across the Web and around the world,” Beauchere said.

“Microsoft remains committed to continuing to work with leaders and experts worldwide on this evolving subject, and we expect to learn a great deal as the process moves forward. In the meantime, our hope is that by helping to address requests and to remove these extremely personal photos and videos from our services, we can better support victims as they work to re-claim their privacy, and help to push just a little further in the fight against this despicable practice.”


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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