Date
22 August 2017
Jennifer Lawrence complained after nude photos of her appeared on the web. Photo: YouTube
Jennifer Lawrence complained after nude photos of her appeared on the web. Photo: YouTube

Reddit, Google crack down on nude images

Reddit and Google are cracking down on nudity, AP reported.

Social networking and news site Reddit said it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn’t given permission for it to be posted.

Internet giant Google Inc. is going to ban most nude photos and nude videos from publicly accessible sites on its popular Blogger service.

Until now, Reddit has mostly allowed its 160 million users to police their own forums within guidelines such as no child pornography or spam.

It is changing its policy about six months after hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities and posted them to social media sites including Reddit and Twitter.

Without specifically naming them, Lawrence lashed out at the sites that permitted nude photos to be posted of her. She likened the unauthorized use of photos of her body to a “sex crime.”

From March 10, Reddit will prohibit any photograph, video or digital image of a person who is nude or engaged in a sexual act if the subject hasn’t given permission for it to be used. 

Google’s Blogger service is giving its users until March 23 to delete sexually explicit or “graphic nude” images from their blogs. If they don’t, their sites will be switched to private mode to restrict access to the owner of the blog and those who have received an invitation to visit it.

Facebook prohibits any images containing nudity. Twitter recommends that content with nudity or violence be marked as sensitive. It also lets users flag questionable content for review.

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