US State Plans "Revenge Porn" Internet Ban

By Gary Cutlack on at

As well as being morally extremely dubious, it might soon be actually illegal to post "revenge porn" photos of ex-partners on the internet in parts of the US, with one state said to be planning to criminalise the act of posting rude photos of someone without their permission.

Critically, the law covers photos and video taken previously even with someone's full consent, so if Girl B said it was OK for you to take a photo of her from a very unflattering angle as a special memento of that drunken evening you both later grew to regret, it still won't be OK to bung it up on Reddit for everyone to laugh at after you go your separate ways.

If accused of such a crime under the proposed law, prosecutors would be asked to prove that posting the archive nudey shots carried an "intent to cause serious emotional distress," and if it was proven a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a £650 fine could apply. [BBC]

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