The actress opened up about experiencing the dark side of the Internet

By Jodi Guglielmi
April 19, 2017 10:25 AM
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Word of advice from Blake Lively: Don’t Google yourself.

The actress opened up about experiencing the dark side of the Internet in a new interview with Variety for its Power of Women NY issue.

“I have [Googled myself] before and it’s just ended in full depression,” she said. “So I think it’s a good rule of thumb not to Google yourself because the Internet is not nice.”

But while she doesn’t spend her time online pursuing articles about herself, she does want to use the power of the web to make a change. Lively, 29, is working with the Child Rescue Coalition to fight the distribution of child pornography.

“There are millions of files all over the world being traded every single day of child pornography,” said Lively, who was drawn to the cause as the mother of two young children. “It’s so disturbing. A lot of these people are fathers.”

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Lively is working alongside Child Rescue Coalition to promote a groundbreaking technology that flags the IP addresses of people who share and download sexually explicit images of minors.

“If you proactively find these predators, you can save so many children,” she said.