Government takes a stand against revenge porn internet crimes

This news from Jan. 29 is interesting, especially for those who have been accused of using revenge porn against an ex-lover. The U.S. Government has started taking steps against this kind of retaliation, with the Federal Trade Commission making the unprecedented move of reaching a settlement with one of the alleged operators of a revenge porn website. The settlement bans the man from posting nude photos or videos of people, regardless of who they are, without their consent.

Revenge porn, as a term, refers only to nude photos or videos of a person that are shared in order to get revenge or to cause humiliation. That doesn’t necessarily mean the images themselves are pornographic in nature; being nude is enough to fall under this category.

On the website the man had created, he posted nudes of women along with personal information in some cases. He would then offer the removal of the images through a third-party site, but that site was fraudulent; it’s believed that the money earned went to him as well. Now, the settlement has taken care of this situation by requiring the man to delete all content from the site. From now on, he is required to show the FTC that he has permission to post images or videos on the website. If a violation occurs, the fine may be up to $16,000.

As someone who may be accused of posting nude images online that fall into the revenge porn category in Maryland, it’s important to defend yourself. There are few laws surrounding this offense, and there are significant gray areas to consider. With some help, you can defend your reputation and good name against allegations that you published content to cause suffering to another person.

Source: Huffington Post Politics, “U.S. Government Takes Unprecedented Action Against Revenge Porn” Dana Liebelson, Jan. 29, 2015