Title

Regulating revenge porn isn’t censorship

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

2-11-2015

Language

en-US

Abstract

Revenge porn, also known as nonconsensual pornography or cyberexploitation, has been with us for a while, but only recently — with the hack of celebrities’ iCloud accounts — has it captured the public’s attention. What the exposure of Jennifer Lawrence’s and others’ photos made clear is that the powerful and the powerless are equally vulnerable to the exploitation of their nude photos. And the law is finally starting to protect these victims. In the past two weeks, the Federal Trade Commission has taken down a major revenge porn website, and a California jury convicted a revenge porn site operator on multiple charges of extortion and identity theft.

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