Can the StopNCII website remove all of your nude or deep fake or Photoshopped photos from the Internet?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : StopNCII Can Remove All Nude / Deep Fake Photos!
People are sharing this advice on WhatsApp and social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, claiming that the StopNCI website can remove all of your nude or deep fake or Photoshopped photos from the Internet!
Attention girls! If someone edits your photo with Al or Photoshop to create a nude photo, then you go to stopncii.org and submit the original photo and the edited photo.
They’ll remove the edited photo from all the places on the Internet and your identity will be confidential. Please immediately inform the cyber cell and file a case to take immediate action.
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Truth : StopNCII Cannot Remove All Nude / Deep Fake Photos!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media platforms, and here are reasons why…
Fact #1 : StopNCII Does Not Remove Photos / Videos
First, let me just point out that the StopNCII website is a project by the Revenge Porn Helpline, which is itself a part of the UK-based charity, SWGfL.
StopNCII is not a government organisation, or even a multinational / international organisation that controls what gets posted on the Internet. It does not have any power or authority or even capability to remove a single photo or video.
To be clear – StopNCII cannot remove all of your photos or videos from the Internet. No organisation can.
Fact #2 : You Don’t Upload Photos / Videos To StopNCII
The advice to upload your nude or edited photos or videos to the StopNCII website is nonsensical. So is the claim that you must also upload your original photos or videos.
StopNCII does not require you to upload your nude / edited photo or video, or your original photo or video.
In fact, StopNCII does not even require you to upload a single photo or video. It merely scans the photos or videos that you are concerned about.
Those photos or videos do not leave your devices (computers, tablets, and smartphones).
Fact #3 : StopNCII Only Generates Digital Hashes
StopNCII only scans the photos or videos that you select on your device, and generate their digital fingerprints (hashes). It does not download or keep your nude photos or videos.
Select the image(s)/video(s) on your device that you would like to protect. Remember, your image(s)/video(s) do not leave your device, they will only be scanned so a unique “hash,” or digital fingerprint, can be generated.
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Fact #4 : Photos / Videos Are Only Removed On Certain Platforms
StopNCII itself does not remove any photos or videos, whether they are nude or edited. Instead, they rely on a limited number of partner platforms to do that:
Only these platforms will receive cases and the digital hashes (fingerprints) from StopNCII.
Fact #5 : Not All Photos / Videos Will Be Removed
Even on those supported platforms, it’s not a guarantee that those photos / videos submitted to StopNCII will be removed.
Those platforms will scan their systems for those digital hashes, and remove them if they are found to have violated their intimate image abuse policy.
This is to avoid the StopNCII system from being abused to remove photos or videos that are not sexual, abusive, personal, or illegal in any way.
Once generated the ‘hash’ will be shared with the participating companies.
Participating companies will look for matches to the hash and remove any matches within their system(s) if it violates their intimate image abuse policy.
The Revenge Porn Helpline reported a 90% removal rate on those platforms since 2015. While that is impressive, that tells us that some 10% of all reported photos or videos were determined not to have contravened the policies of those partner platforms.
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Fact #6 : No One Can Remove All Photos / Videos From Internet
Even if StopNCII is able to partner with every single social media platform, large and small; or Internet service providers, it simply cannot help you remove all of your nude photos or videos from the Internet.
That’s because once released on the Internet, those photos or videos (whether nude or edited) can be transmitted through many means – messaging apps like WhatsApp or Telegram, or email and file-sharing services.
They can also be posted or stored on independent websites / servers on the Internet or the dark web, that no one can shut down. There are revenge porn websites and groups dedicated to this, and it is simply impossible to remove edited / nude photos and videos from those websites and groups.
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