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Australia tackles revenge porn with a national reporting tool

It also provides information on legal options and where to find support.
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Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to address the issue, Gizmodo reports, and the result is a national portal to help victims of revenge porn.

Last year, the Australian government granted its eSafety Commissioner $4.8 million for the development of the portal, which is now currently in a pilot phase. It provides users with information on how to report revenge porn to the companies that are hosting it, links for reporting it to the eSafety Commissioner and how to get help from law enforcement. There's also a section of the website dedicating to support, both where victims can find it and how family and friends of victims can provide it. Additionally, the portal offers information about laws regarding revenge porn and how to get in touch with lawyer.

California launched a similar hub in 2015, but Australia's, which is boosted by its national government backing, is more detailed and also applicable to the entire country, not just a particular state. The pilot phase will allow the eSafety team to see how many reports are likely to be filed as well as the complexity of those reports, all of which will help them tweak the portal prior to its full launch early next year.

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