Take It Down: For Removing Sexually Explicit Content from Our Childhood

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Take It Down is a free tool by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), an organization dedicated to protecting children. It allows young people anywhere in the world to control nude, semi-nude, and sexual content taken before they were 18 that could be shared online. This is especially helpful to those who may be concerned about a partner sharing or threatening to share explicit pictures. The tool works with Clips 4 Sale, Facebook, TikTok, reddit, Instagram, OnlyFans, Threads, Pornhub, Yubo, RedGids, and SnapInc to remove reported content off their platforms.

To use the service, a user selects the content that they are concerned may be shared by some one else. This content is not uploaded to the site directly; the content does not get reshared in the reporting process. The content is assigned a ‘hash,’ which is a code or digital footprint, which is then sent to NCMEC. They share the hash with participating companies who then identify and remove the content. If concerned about photos or videos taken after age 18, see [link to Stop Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse resource]. It is important to note that Meta provided initial funding for this platform. While the development of this service may be motivated by Meta’s interests as a social media company, it is a helpful resource.

“Take It Down is for people who have images or videos of themselves nude, partially nude, or in sexually explicit situations taken when they were under the age of 18 that they believe have been or will be shared online. For example, maybe you sent a picture to someone, but now they’re threatening you or have posted it somewhere. Even if you’re unsure whether the image has been shared but want some help to try to remove it from places it may appear online, this service is for you.”