300 Users Who Shared Child Porn Unmasked

A revenge porn victim can now take legal action against nearly 300 Tumblr users who shared nonconsensual pornography of her last year.

According to the New York Post, the social media platform complied with a court order Monday to release the information of 281 users who shared a video of the victim having sex with a boyfriend. Now 27, the victim was 17 at the time the video was taken.

The video, which surfaced in December, was shared 1,200 times and was posted along with her name and a link to her Facebook page. She discovered the video’s existence when strangers began contacting her with obscene messages through Facebook.

Online privacy advocates argue that the court order violated the First Amendment, with civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation attempting to delay the information’s release by 14 days. Justice David Cohen declined to delay the order.

“The First Amendment requires that courts afford anonymous speakers adequate time to learn that they may be unmasked so they have a meaningful opportunity to challenge those determinations,” Frederic B. Jennings, and attorney for the group, wrote to Cohen.

Now with Tumblr’s compliance, the victim has access to emails and account names of the 281 Tumblr users who took part in sharing the video and plans to sue users from disseminating child pornography.

“The ultimate goal is to expose these people,” attorney Daniel Szalkiewicz, who represents the victim, told the Post. “There is no First Amendment protection for child porn.”

H/T the New York Post