1 in 25 People Affected By Unwanted Explicit Image Sharing And Related Threats Online
One in 25 people have been subjected to an online abuse commonly referred to as "revenge porn," where explicit, private images intended for an intimate partner's eyes only are shared publicly online with harmful intent, often after a bad breakup.
Increasingly common nonconsensual image sharing has prompted the creation of laws like Texas' Relationship and Privacy Act to combat the unlawful sharing of private photos.
But like many others aiming to curb this phenomenon, Texas' revenge porn rule was considered too broad in scope and inhibitive of First Amendment rights. The law was updated in the 2019 legislative session to protect certain free speech.
What is included in an effective revenge porn law? What legal consequences can perpetrators face?
What are the options for someone who has experienced this kind of online abuse?
- Danielle Keats Citron, privacy expert and professor of law at Boston University School of Law; VP of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative; author of "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace"
- Haley Halverson, vice president of advocacy and outreach for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation
- Olivia Solon, tech investigations editor for NBC News
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*This interview was recorded on Monday, December 9.