Google deletes ‘tens of thousands’ of celeb nude pics

Google has removed “tens of
thousands” of nude pictures
stolen from celebrities and
published online.
A statement from the web giant
said it has deleted photos
“within hours” of requests being
made and has “closed hundreds
of accounts.”
It comes after reports Hollywood
entertainment lawyer Marty
Singer has threatened to sue
Google for “violating privacy”.
The New York Post published a
letter addressed to senior staff
at Google.
Pics of Jennifer Lawrence
were reportedly stolen last
month
The letter states that Google
failed “to act expeditiously, and
responsibly to remove the
images” and “was perpetuating
the despicable conduct of these
habitual pervert predators”.
Cara Delevingne and Jennifer
Lawrence were among the
group of stars targeted by cyber
thieves who posted their stolen
pictures on sites including
4Chan.
Although the women involved in
the potential lawsuit have not
been named, the legal papers
stated: “We are litigation counsel
for over a dozen celebrities.”
In his letter, Marty Singer said,
the female stars would seek
damages for Google’s “blatantly
unethical behaviour” and
“knowingly accommodating,
facilitating, and perpetuating the
unlawful conduct” of the
hackers.
Stolen private photos of Anna
Kendrick, fully clothed, have
reportedly turned up on hit
Reddit and 4Chan
The high profile lawyer added:
“Google knows the images are
hacked stolen property, private
and confidential photos and
videos unlawfully obtained and
posted by pervert predators
who are violating the victims’
privacy rights”.
In response, Google said: “Our
turnaround is generally hours,
not weeks.
“Of course people continue to
post these images on the web,
so – like other online services –
we rely on people notifying us to
help us take them down,
whether by flagging content, or
filing DMCA (Digital Millennium
Copyright Act) requests.”
Other celebs to be targeted by
cyber thieves are Kate Upton,
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and
horror star Mary Elizabeth
Winstead.
Pitch Perfect actress Anna
Kendrick has also reportedly had
photos of herself fully-clothed
published on Reddit and 4Chan.
Rihanna is among those
targeted by hackers
According to Mr Singer’s legal
document, some of the photos
have also turned up on YouTube
and Blogspot, owned by Google.
Google said: “We’re removing
these photos for community
guidelines and policy violations
(eg nudity and privacy violation)
on YouTube, Blogger and Google
+.
“For search we have historically
taken a different approach as
we reflect what’s online – but we
remove these images when we
receive valid copyright (DMCA)
notices.”

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