A new service promises to help teenagers remove explicit images that have been posted online.
Called “Take It Down,” the online tool is operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and funded by Meta Platforms, the owner of Facebook and Instagram.
Take It Down is a free service that aims to “remove or stop the sharing of nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit images or videos” taken of people under age 18. Users of the service remain anonymous, and no images need to be submitted to use it. “It’s scary when this happens to you, but it can happen to anyone,” the site says.
Each photo identified by a user is given a digital fingerprint that then goes into a database, The Associated Press reported. Several technology companies have agreed to participate in the project and remove the image(s) from their servers.
The service can be used by people who may have posted the photos …