Microsoft takes steps to tackle revenge porn

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Revenge porn has become quite a problem online, and Microsoft has now made it easier than ever to report cases. Today the company says that it will happily remove links to revenge porn photos and videos from Bing search results, and has set up a dedicated form to make it easier to get in touch.

Like Google's Right to Be Forgotten, there is little that can be done to remove the offending content from the internet, but Microsoft's action should make it easier to prevent the spread of damaging content. The removal process goes further than just obfuscating links in research results as the company does what it can to help stem the flow of privacy-violating photos and videos.

As well as removing Bing search results globally, Microsoft says that it will also block access to content shared through OneDrive and Xbox Live. The removal service starts off in English for the time being, but there are plans to extend it into other languages.

Writing about the new revenge porn reporting form, Microsoft's Chief Online Safety Officer Jacqueline Beauchere says:

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.

If you want to report any content you have found, you can do so using the Revenge Porn form.

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