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Victims of revenge porn may have legal options

Most would agree that the internet makes completing many daily tasks in life, easier. As is the case with many things in life that make things better, some negatives exist as well. While various online sites may help to enrich interpersonal relationships of users, when romantic relationships go bad, the existence of internet could also be devastating. Victims of revenge porn know this all too well.

Taking Legal Action

This topic recently made news when a victim of revenge porn sued three search engines to have her name completely removed. The action came after an explicit video of the woman and an ex-boyfriend was posted online by the ex. According to the woman's lawyer, the removal of her name would make it easier for her to move past the incident and on with her life.

Can A Name Be Removed?

While Requests to remove online content are not unheard of, the odds of this particular request being granted are not good. This is due to the immunity granted search engines by the Federal Communications Decency Act. In addition, since it is not uncommon for people to have names that are the same, removal of such content could have a much greater impact than intended.

What About The Video?

It is important to note that while the woman may not succeed in her effort to have her name removed from the search engines it does not mean that she does not have any recourse. The revenge porn video has been removed and can no longer be accessed via searches.

Securing the removal of explicit content posted without permission from the internet is the first step in taking back your life. Because the process is complex, the best way to approach the process is to contact a lawyer that has experience handling such cases.

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