UK makes ‘revenge porn’ unlawful with punishment of as much as two years in jail

UK makes 'revenge porn' illegal with punishment of up to two years in jail

Posting “revenge porn” in England and Wales is turning into a felony offense. Because of an modification to the Felony Justice and Courts Invoice, handed final yr by the Home of Lords and as a result of obtain Royal Assent later at this time, anybody discovered responsible of distributing specific pictures to pressure victims into sexual exercise or to humiliate them will now resist two years in jail. It is designed to cowl pictures and movies which might be shared with out permission each on and offline, together with these posted to Fb, Twitter, Snapchat and different social networks.

The Invoice classifies revenge porn as “pictures or movies which present individuals engaged in sexual exercise or depicted in a sexual means or with their genitals uncovered, the place what’s proven wouldn’t often be seen in public.” Earlier than, victims wanted to navigate complicated copyright legal guidelines to get pictures eliminated, which many feared as a result of it might typically draw extra consideration to the media in query. Within the US, officers are catching individuals who publish or are internet hosting revenge porn, however they’re pressured to prosecute based mostly on associated offenses. UK prosecutors can now convey particular expenses towards malicious posters, making certain they’re met with swift justice.

[Picture credit score: Maurizio Pesce, Flickr]

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