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.”
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media platforms, and here are reasons why…
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.
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).
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.
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.