Kit Steinkellner
February 25, 2015 8:41 am

There were so many things about the celeb phone hacking scandal this past fall that freaked us out. We were unnerved that these phones were hacked at ALL, and that these celebrities (almost entirely women) had to deal with their most personal photos and videos being splashed across the Internet for all to see.  It took a hashtag campaign (#ImNotLooking) and some brill public reactions from victims to raise the consciousness of the general public: this wasn’t some quirky Internet moment, this was an abusive, sexist privacy violation that shouldn’t be tolerated.

Well, now the Internet IS doing something about it. Both Reddit and Google are putting their foot down when it comes to unauthorized nude photos. As the AP reports, starting 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. Anyone who wants an image of themselves removed from the site can email”

Similarly, Google’s Blogger is giving users until March 23 to delete “sexually explicit” or “graphic nude” pictures from their site, because after that date, any site featuring this kind of content “. . .will be switched to private mode to restrict access to the owner of the blog and those that have received an invitation to visit it.” Exceptions will be made, Blogger explains on its site, for nudity that is clearly set in “artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts,”

In the past both Reddit and Google have been hands off and seemed relatively indifferent to women’s privacy being violated and their bodies being exploited on their sites.  It’s heartening to see these two major Internet entities change their tune. Here’s hoping this major shift will pressure other online power players to follow in suit.

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