Thursday, October 10, 2013

Revenge porn

Hunter Moore doesn't think people who have their pictures or videos online without their consent should have legal recourse.  Moore founded a revenge porn website title, Is Anybody Up, which posted pictures and videos of men and women linked to social media profile accounts.  Men and women were outraged at these pictures and videos because they were only supposed to be seen by their partner(s).  Moore apologized, saying, "I'm sorry I was smart enough to monetize your mistake."

But if you're unfortunate enough to read comments on articles about revenge porn, you'll see that a lot of commenters agree with Moore's sentiments.  While internet commenters are notoriously terrible people, the idea is becoming more pervasive in our society, as a whole.  People believe you shouldn't "be stupid enough to take the picture", in the first place.

That assumption or thought process entails that people should be held responsible or accountable for those decision.  I agree with that assumption.  But, of course, there is not an outrcy from those same people to punish those who post the pictures online for the world to see.  Instead, I'm told, if you allow the picture to be taken for one person, you shouldn't be surprised if it's shared.

Some states, such as California, have recently passed laws intended to punish those who share these photos and videos.  Senate Bill 225 makes it a misdemeanor to publish images of another person without their consent with the intent to cause serious emotional distress.  The law, unfortunately, does not cover photos initially taken by the victim.  By requiring the cause of posting these images to be serious emotional distress, the law does not treat the posting of the image as a harmful invasion of privacy.

California laws and others like it, need to treat perpetrators who post these photos as a harmful invasion of privacy and needs to cover images taken by the victim initially.  Just because someone sends an intimate photo to his or her partner doesn't mean they want to send it to the world.  People, intent, on sharing these photos should be held accountable for their actions.

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