Microsoft’s Bing will be following in the footsteps of Google by removing links to revenge porn in its search listings.

In addition to the Bing search engine, Microsoft plans to stop access to revenge porn links on their Xbox Live gaming network and cloud service, OneDrive.

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“When someone shares intimate images of another person online without that person’s consent, the effects can be truly devastating. These gross violations of privacy are commonly (and unartfully) referred to as “revenge porn.” Unfortunately, revenge porn is on the rise across the globe. It can damage nearly every aspect of a victim’s life: relationships, career, social activities. In the most severe and tragic cases, it has even led to suicide,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

Microsoft says their, “hope is that by helping to address requests and to remove these extremely personal photos and videos from our services, we can better support victims as they work to re-claim their privacy, and help to push just a little further in the fight against this despicable practice.”

According to recent statistics, Bing and Google collectively make up 87.7% of search queries in the U.S. With both companies removing links to known websites hosting revenge porn, it should decrease the amount of harm done to the victims.

Both companies have created a site for victims to report instances of abuse.

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Mashable