Revenge Porn, the dark side a of social media


A couple of months ago in the Netherlands, the famous private investigator Peter R, de Vries found himself once more in the spotlight of Dutch Media. In June 2015, he released a new episode if his new series ‘Internetpester ontmaskerd’ (Internetbullies exposed). Is this episode he helped the young Chantal to find out who published a amateur porn clip of her on Facebook on a fake account. At first, Facebook claimed that the data of the fake account was erased from their servers. The case even went to court were the judge forced Facebook to hire an external investigator to find out if the data really was erased or still existed within the servers of the social media giant. The case raised several questions about the new phenomenon ‘revenge porn’ which is increasingly common with the rise of social media.

Revenge porn is the release of a nude picture or video of a (ex) lover out of spite and to humiliate this person. With the introduction of Whatsapp, Facebook and other social media in recent years it has become easier to place revenge porn on the Internet. Surprisingly, there are no specific laws in many countries about the prosecution of individuals who spread revenge porn. In America, only 26 states have laws that specifically prohibit the spreading and publication of revenge porn. The states in which revenge porn is not illegal, women have very little legal options. It is more difficult, if not impossible, to have revenge porn photos taken down from websites. The guilty, meanwhile, escape criminal prosecution under existing anti-harassment laws. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act grants immunity to message-board owners and social media like Facebook from being punished for what their users do with the platform and even porn site that provide revenge porn are can’t be prosecuted because the merely provide a platform. Fortunately, some positive changes are being made in the legislation in America and other countries. Congresswoman Jackie Speier is in the process of introducing a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime. In April 2015, England and Wales declared the publication and spreading of revenge porn illegal.

In the end, the women and men that were victimizes by revenge porn can’t be helped as most of the content will always stay on the Internet. Lets hope that countries will learn to proactively accompany the growth of social media and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future..

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http://www.bndestem.nl/regio/oosterhout/facebook-verliest-rechtszaak-en-moet-gegevens-nep-account-vrijgeven-na-werkendamse-wraakporno-1.5030008

http://nl.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=revenge+porn

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119295/revenge-porn-laws-state-map-shows-theyre-rare-us

http://gizmodo.com/this-is-the-national-revenge-porn-law-we-need-1686856437

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