Although Google has often resisted scrubbing content from their search results, the Internet giant says they will soon honor requests to have "revenge porn" removed.

On Google's Public Policy Blog, senior vice president Amit Singhal wrote, "We know this won't solve the problem of revenge porn—we aren't able, of course, to remove these images from the websites themselves—but we hope that honoring people's requests to remove such imagery from our search results can help." According to the post, the site will soon have a form that users can use to submit removal requests. Google already honors requests to have results with sensitive information, such as bank account numbers and signatures, removed.

"What we have seen in the last six months is this public consciousness about the profound economic and social impact of that posting nude images without someone's consent and often in violation of their trust can have on people's lives," University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron told USA Today. "It makes them undatable and unemployable."

Search Engine Land says the move will not only help to protect victims of revenge porn by making it hard to find the material, but also as a deterrent to keep people from searching for it. "If this material can't be found in Google, it becomes largely invisible to the world," says the site.

Eighteen states, including California, have laws that criminalize revenge porn. Twitter and Facebook both band the content in March.