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Google cracks down on revenge porn

I've covered so-called "revenge porn" in the past. It's disgusting, petty, vindictive, devastating and completely shameful. It's a modern day nightmare that happens when private photos that were taken during a relationship, end up online for the world to gawk at when the relationship ends badly. There's another version that can happen when private photos are stolen and posted without permission.

Thankfully, Google's made a big change that could help get rid of it. If you've ever sent a photo that you regret sending, you'll be happy to know that Google is taking a step to protect you from someone posting it online for the world to see.

In one of the most high profile cases so far, self-styled revenge porn king, Hunter Moore, pleaded guilty to charges of hacking and identity theft in a Los Angeles federal court. He faces years in prison and huge fines.  Now other revenge porn website creators have started to be legally punished for posting these types of pictures. It looks like prosecutors are finally starting to take this crime seriously.

Casey Mayering, who managed the nude site Win By State, is another prime example of the government's no-tolerance policy for revenge porn. Mayering is currently awaiting trial in California for charges similar to Moore.

Next page: What is Google doing to protect you from revenge porn?
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