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NYC Makes Revenge Porn a Criminal Offense

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NYC Makes Revenge Porn a Criminal Offense

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New York has officially passed a bill making it easier to prosecute individuals who release “revenge porn,” defined by Council-member Rory Lancman as the “leaking intimate images of people without their consent.” This new law labels revenge porn as a misdemeanor, that can be punished by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Revenge porn has been known for its difficulty to prosecute, and while speaking on the issue to New York Daily News, Lancman highlighted the importance of this new bill: “Leaking naked pictures of someone without their permission is despicable, but our laws haven’t caught up with technology to make ‘revenge porn’ a crime,” he said. “This legislation takes a stand against this disgusting violation of privacy and sends a strong message that this behavior is unacceptable in New York City.”

This news comes right after a 14-year-old girl from Ireland decided to sue Facebook, accusing the site of allowing private photos of her to be posted on the platform on several different occasions.

Hopefully more states will follow in New York’s footsteps.