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.
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.
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.
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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