According to State Attorney General Kamala Harris, California ramps up fight against revenge porn. The state partnered with Silicon Valley companies to create a website that allows people to remove explicit content of themselves from the Internet.
The website will also train website owners on how to discourage revenge porn posts and law enforcement agents on how to investigate these cases.
“Posting intimate images online without consent is a cowardly crime that humiliates and belittles victims,”
said California’s AG in a recent statement
Harris also deemed revenge porn a “heinous crime” and thanked the tech task force for helping the state combat the crime on a global level.
People that resort to revenge porn are former lovers that either seek to humiliate their former partners or want to extort money or other benefits from them. For this purpose, people post explicit images or videos of other people or even disclose private details about their sexual life on the Internet.
Once posted online, images can spread like wildfire and there is almost no way to take them down because of fuzzy legislation and shady interpretation of the notion of free speech. There are even websites that monetize revenge porn content. These sites post explicit images or videos and ask money from victims to remove them.
The new website is a project started early this year by 50 tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. The work of these companies gained support from authorities and victims’ advocates.
People can use the website to learn more on how to remove and report intimate material of themselves posted online. Microsoft now has a website dedicated to revenge porn victims, where they can report online abuses. Google promised to remove offending links from search results.
California is one of the first states to take regulatory measures against revenge porn. A couple of years ago, it passed a law that allowed law enforcement officials to put offenders behind bars for up to six months and fine them $1,000.
The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative recently reported that over 90 percent of revenge porn are females, while 51 percent of surveyed victims said that they thought about suicide after their intimate images were posted online.
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