Online Portal Aims to Stamp Out “Revenge Porn” in Cambodia

Online portal StopNCII.org has been released in the Khmer language by Meta in a bid to clamp down on non-consensual, explicit photographs being shared on the internet in Cambodia
Launch of online protection platform StopNCII.org in Phnom Penh, December 2, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Launch of online protection platform StopNCII.org in Phnom Penh, December 2, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Online protection platform StopNCII.org is now available in the Khmer language to help stamp out the sharing of non-consensual intimate images (NCII) in Cambodia.

On December 2, Meta launched a Khmer version of the platform with the intention of helping to prevent the sharing of non-consensual intimate photos online, as well as remove inexplicit content in Cambodia.

The platform is the first global effort of its kind to safely and securely assist individuals who are concerned that their private images (photos or videos of a person that contain nudity or are sexual in nature) may be shared without their consent.

The initiative is supported by regional NGO AusCam Freedom Project, which works to protect vulnerable women and children in Cambodia from online exploitation.

Pheakdey Heng, Meta Public Policy Manager for Cambodia, said NCII, regrettably sometimes referred to as "revenge porn", can have a huge negative impact on a person's life. However, this content is not permitted in the Meta apps.

“Today, here in Cambodia, we are launching a Khmer language portal dedicated to the prevention and removal of such images for the good of all Cambodians,” he said. “We are grateful to Auscam and SWGfL for supporting this initiative.”

Sophie Mortimer, Revenge Porn Helpline Manager for SWGfL, said that StopNCII.org marks a major shift in how individuals are safeguarded online from the distribution of private photographs without permission.

Additionally, he believes that non-consensual intimate image abuse could be stopped by working together, collectively and globally.

“I am delighted to welcome AusCam to our vital network of partners in this initiative. We know that the women and men who use StopNCII.org will be experiencing complex situations. These organisations will be able to provide essential, sensitive, appropriate support in their own communities,” he said.

Sambath Soeurng, AusCam Country Director, said that several victims have contacted AusCam asking for help in deleting their non-consensually shared intimate materials during the past 12 months.

Therefore, the StopNCII.org portal is an important technological solution to this issue, he added.

“As an organisation dedicated to the protection of girls and women, AusCam is delighted to offer support for the launch of this extremely worthwhile portal and cause,” he said.

StopNCII.org is based on technologies developed by the NCII internal features of Facebook and Instagram. According to Meta, it has been built with safety, security, and privacy at the forefront of every step of the process.

Individuals above the age of 18 who believe an intimate photograph of them is being shared or has already been shared without their consent, can visit StopNCII.org. The AusCam Freedom Project is one of the organisations and resources available to those under the age of 18 who need help.

Meta is supporting the launch of StopNCII.org. with the UK Revenge Porn Helpline and more than 50 other organisations from around the world.