Woman's Stolen Facebook Selfies Made Her an Accidental Porn Advertiser

By Gary Cutlack on at

Australian woman Noelle Martin is fighting a seemingly endless battle with porn sites to have her photos removed, after a series of innocent selfies she'd posted on Facebook were lifted, redistributed around porn portals, Photoshopped into new images and used to advertise services -- all without her permission or knowledge.

Martin went to the police, who didn't do anything more than tell her to make sure her posts were set to private, also suggesting she gets in touch with the porn webmasters herself to ask for the removal of the photographs. Which she then did, only to find out that porn webmasters aren't exactly agreeable, nice or helpful people, shockingly enough. She was blackmailed by one, who asked for naked shots for his private collection in return for removing her image.

Martin has been trying to erase the stolen photos off the internet since she was 18 -- she's 22 now -- and says losing control of her image and seeing new composites created is an ongoing violation, one that might make it look like she consented to the photos being used to advertise and populate porn sites. She's campaigning for Photoshop fakes to be added to local laws on the posting of revenge porn. [ABC]


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