Google changes its search algorithm to help victims of revenge pornography and slander online. According to New York Times, Google will begin to prevent websites hosting defamatory content from appearing in the results list when searching for a name. Google will also exclude websites with questionable names like BadGirlReport.date and PredatorsAlert.us and websites that instruct victims to remove harassing content.
The new features are part of a working concept called “known victims”, to help victims of repeated online harassment regain some control.
“Certain types of queries are more susceptible to bad actors and require specialized solutions,” writes Pandu Nayak, a Google fellow and vice president of ssearch, in Google Keyword blog.
The blog continues with details:
To help those facing extraordinary cases of repeated harassment, we are implementing an improvement in our approach to better protect known victims. Now, once a person requests the removal of a site with predatory practices, we will automatically apply ranking protections to prevent content from other similar low-quality sites from appearing in search results for people’s names. We are also looking to extend these protections further, as part of our ongoing work in this space.
For For its part, Google admits that this is not a finished solution for online harassment.
“It really should have a significant and positive impact,” said David Graff, Google vice president for global policy and standards, and trust and security. Time. “We can’t watch the web, but we can be responsible citizens. ”
The public is now more aware of revenge porn and slander online, not only because of the number of victims who reported the attacks, but because of the difficulty of removing the content. As a Times reporter Kashmir Hill (previously reporter for Gizmodo) Explain earlier this year, Google, which manages about 90% of global online search traffic, has had a poor record of helping those affected. Part of the reason is that Google has long touted itself as an “unbiased” reflection of the web. But when lives outside the internet are at stake, it is difficult to remain impartial.
As Google tweaked its search algorithm to show more “authoritative content,” it invited more intentionally deceptive, bogus, and offensive websites to show up. This is when Google started to be more proactive in removing harmful search results. As the company has changed its policies, it also published request forms to remove content like fake pornography and even identify medical information.
You can access these shapes if you are ever a victim. They are available as a link in each of the removal support pages. explicit or intimate non-consensual personal images, unintentional fake pornography, as good as financial, medical and other identifying information. There is also a form to delete all doxxing content and request a backup when managing sites request payment to take incriminating content. Bookmark these links – you never know when someone might decide to try to ruin your reputation online.