By Janet Portman , Attorney. The victims are overwhelmingly female, and the damage done to their reputations and well-being can be enormous. States are increasingly passing targeted legislation that criminalizes such conduct and, as of , nearly all have done so 46 states, plus D. This article looks at the laws of a few states that target revenge porn, explains the related criminal statutes that might apply, and examines civil remedies that are sometimes available.
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Know Your Rights: Revenge Porn - NOW-NYC
Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude photos in an effort to tackle revenge porn , in an attempt to give some control back to victims of this type of abuse. This means that the company converts the image into a unique digital fingerprint that can be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload that same image. So this is impactful. Once Facebook gets that notification, a community operations analyst will access the image and hash it to prevent future instances from being uploaded or shared. Facebook will store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly, the company said. This builds on existing tools Facebook has to deal with revenge porn. The technology was first developed in by Microsoft, working closely with Dartmouth and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to clamp down on the same images of sexually abused children being circulated over and over again on the internet.
What to Do If You're a Victim of Revenge Porn
Image based abuse sometimes called image based sexual abuse, revenge porn or sextortion is the name for the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. It is a type of online sexual harassment and can be an offence under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Netsafe can help remove the content as well as advise you on the options available. The majority of the criminal prosecutions for the Harmful Digital Communications Act in its first 18 months were for image based abuse.
That was just one of the tamer comments that littered the revenge porn thread I found myself on a few weeks ago. Over a six-month period, my images had been posted regularly — all fully clothed, taken from my social media and most with my name, location and age attached. I felt sick.