Bing, Like Google, Will Now Yank Revenge Porn Results

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Microsoft has joined Google in taking a stand against revenge porn. The company has announced that upon request, it will pull search results from Bing that direct users to sexually explicit content shared without the subject's consent.

It'll also remove content from OneDrive and Xbox Live.

"Much needs to be done to address the problem. As a first step, we want to help put victims back in control of their images and their privacy. That’s why Microsoft will remove links to photos and videos from search results in Bing, and remove access to the content itself when shared on OneDrive or Xbox Live, when we are notified by a victim," says Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer Jacqueline Beauchere.

Microsoft says that any links or content removed will be removed globally.

To help with this, Microsoft has set up a dedicated reporting page with a form to ask them to remove a nude or sexually explicit photo or video that’s been shared without consent.

"Clearly, this reporting mechanism is but one small step in a growing and much-needed effort across the public and private sectors to address the problem. 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," says Beauchere.

In June, Google added revenge porn to the short list of things it removes from search results.

"Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results," said the company.

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