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Twitter Plans To Prevent Revenge Porn With Stricter Policies, But Will It Work?

Social media has always had problems with filtering and monitoring inappropriate content, but those issues have been extra toxic on Twitter in particular because it’s a unique type of service: it’s built on microblogging, meaning it’s short, it’s quick, and it spreads fast.

It’s not difficult to find hate speech, propaganda, sexism, racism, and all kinds of negative isms on Twitter. Just two or three clicks plus plenty of scrolling and users will immediately see the site’s dark, appalling side — and that’s exactly the problem, how easy it is to get there.

Twitter epicly fails at shutting down inappropriate content, and that hasn’t really changed for a long time. Some users even regard Twitter as an incredibly toxic place on the internet, which is a pretty staggering description for a site that’s not even niche. Is it cancer for the eyes? Not quite — but it’s headed there at an alarming pace.

Twitter has dealt with issues of harassment and toxicity in the past, with nearly always the same results: it fails. But it’s now promising that it will crack down harder on many unsettling activities in the site, specifically “revenge porn.”

Twitter said on Oct. 27 that it would begin imposing stricter rules on sharing sexual photos and videos of other people without their consent, otherwise referred to as revenge porn. The updates follow recent criticism on Twitter’s handling of such incidents. This summer, for instance, celebrity Rob Kardashian posted naked photos of his ex-girlfriend, which remained on Twitter for half an hour before being taken down.

Past rules on revenge porn prohibited people from posting “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” The new rules, on the other hand, provide more clarity on what Twitter deems as inappropriate and how it plans to sanction violators. For one, the new rules now prohibit publishing compromising images of others taken by hidden cameras or other secretive methods. Images and videos captured privately and not intended for publishing are also prohibited.

Still, Twitter says “some forms of consensual nudity and adult content” are allowed.

Accounts that violate the new policies on revenge porn will be suspended once Twitter identifies that the content was distributed without the subject’s permission. Retweeters of the said content will be asked to remove offending tweets and be warned that if they continue violating the policies, their account will be suspended, too.

On paper, the new policies seem straightforward enough, but it’s difficult to gauge whether they’ll be effective. Just consider this: Twitter also doesn’t allow hate speech and harassment to plague the site — how’s that going? It’s not enough to put a sign that says “no revenge porn allowed.” Twitter has to close the doors permanently for those who violate its rules. Until then, the site will continue to be a toxic-laden wasteland of hate and harassment.


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Law to help revenge porn victims introduced in Saskatchewan, Canadian province

The Saskatchewan Legislative Building.

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The provincial government has introduced legislation that is intended to support victims of “revenge porn.”

The initiative, introduced today by Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan, will create new legal options for people whose intimate images have been shared without their consent. An intimate image is a visual image, including photos or videos, in which a person is nude, partially nude, or engaged in explicit sexual activity, that was made in circumstances that implied a reasonable expectation of privacy.

“This Bill sends a strong message that this callous, criminal behaviour has consequences, and that the Government of Saskatchewan stands with the victims of this type of attack,” Morgan said in a news release.

The Privacy Amendment Act, 2017 will allow a person whose intimate image has been distributed without their consent to sue the person who distributed the image. It will also shift the onus of proof to the person that circulated the image, requiring them to show that they had a reasonable basis to conclude consent had been granted to do so.

Additionally, the amendments will remove the requirement that a lawsuit under The Privacy Act proceed only in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Plaintiffs will have the option to proceed with an action in either small claims or the Court of Queen’s Bench. This will permit plaintiffs in these cases to choose the less expensive and quicker small claims process, where they are claiming damages less than $30,000.

The government believes the amendments complement and support amendments made to the Criminal Code in 2015 to address the distribution of intimate images without consent, and ensure that victims have equal opportunities for redress in both the criminal and the civil spheres of the justice system.

The legislation was expected as the province included a plan to enact it as part of its Throne Speech last week.

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Heartbroken teens in city resort to revenge porn

BENGALURU: A 31-year-old techie was arrested on Thursday for uploading a fake and insulting profile of his wife on dating and matrimonial sites. A senior official of Cyber Crime Branch tells City Express that at least 10 to 15 cases of revenge porn and identity theft by ex-lovers are reported on a daily basis.

Mila Singh (name changed), a 24-year-old resident of Bengaluru was one of the recent victims. She had shared few of her intimate pictures with her lover, who she was in a relationship with for more than three years. When she decided to break up with him, he threatened her saying he would upload all her nude pictures online. Mila did not believe that the person she was once in love with was capable of doing such a thing, so she ignored his threats and messages.

Soon after, her friends informed her that a series of her nude pictures as well as screenshots of an impersonated chats with random men had been posted on her Facebook profile. She deleted her Facebook account.

A senior official says that the victims often do not want any record of their complaint or want to pursue a case against the accused, they simply want the police to help take the offending content off the net. “Anything that once goes on the Internet cannot be completely destroyed,” says a senior official, who does not want to be named. “When people come to us with such complaints, we tell them that we cannot completely demolish the virtual evidence,” the official adds.

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The officials say that teens in their 18s and 19s are the most vulnerable age group when it comes to revenge porn and identity theft.“It is done to tarnish an ex-lover’s image and spoil their chances with anyone else,” says a senior official. Dibyojyoti Mainak, a lawyer who has been handling cases of revenge porn for years says that most of these crimes are committed by estranged lovers.
Under the umbrella of revenge crimes, one of the most commonly reported are fake profiles on Facebook. “A woman’s pictures are uploaded and labeled as a call girl. Their phone numbers are shared and then they start receiving harassment calls,” says another cyber crime official. In the last one year, only one case of a boy-victim was reported, where his identity was faked by his ex-girlfriend with a profile that said he was engaged to her.

Perpetrators are not criminal masterminds

Among the kinds of cases filed, officials say that most victims are not willing to report since that would mean court proceedings and evidences. “The victims usually come by themselves to tell us about the case and they plead not to report an FIR but only remove the pictures that are posted online,” says a crime official.

Dibyojyoti Mainak agrees and shares challenges of working with sexual harassment victims. The first challenge is procuring evidence of non-consent and making the victim comfortable enough to talk about the incident. “After we are through the first step then everything else is simple. The perpetrators are not criminal masterminds. They choose this form of revenge because it is easy to get away with it,” says Dibyojyoti. “When we collect enough evidence and statements for the case we approach the perpetrator to delete posts or else the employees will be informed. They immediately oblige. We can also make them sign an apology letter addressing the victim so that the victim will always have a permanent evidence of the harassment,” he adds.

Real-time nudes take over morphed pictures

Years ago, sharing of morphed images of an ex-lover was a common cyber crime. As of today, this form of revenge is a rarity as revenge porn has escalated to real, nude pictures of lovers.
The officials suggest that such photos not be shared, to avoid such crimes since digital footprints cannot be reversed.

Girl teaches her ex boyfriend a lesson

In another case, City Express talks to a 26-year-old woman who took revenge on her ex by emailing his nude pictures to his colleagues and friends. “I met him in a pub two years ago. I was with him for some months but then he started stealing my money and demanding huge sums from me. When I refused, he hit and abused me,” says Judith Ketura (name changed). “I gradually came to know that he had treated all his ex the same way but they had been passive. He used to refer to his exes as ‘whores’ and women in general as ‘sluts,” says Judith. “I did not want to budge and neither did he. So we were constantly abusing each other and I decided to take revenge porn on him.” The revenge porn defamed him so much that his parents had to leave the city and his friends abandoned him. “Surprisingly he still has a job,” exclaims Judith. Years later, Judith says she’s got immense satisfaction to have taught him a lesson. “He did not file a complaint because he told me that he would be the victim and I would be the perpetrator. He gave up.”

Why they seek satisfaction in revenge

Psychologist Dr Shubha from Fortis Hospital answers why estranged lovers seek satisfaction in revenge. She emphasizes three things that people invest in, in life: time, money and love. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides, which is impossible,” she says. “The time I gave you will not come back in my life so when love fails, there is desperation,” she explains. “The person feels rejected and believes that the transactional sacrifice (of time and love) was worthless and ego is hurt. Cyber crime comes in handy to tarnish a person’s image with the idea that if I cannot have him/her no one can,” she explains further. Dr Shubha has seen cases of revenge porn and says that a handful of them approach psychologists after going  through legal procedures.

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Facebook rolls out pilot program to prevent revenge porn

Australia has become the latest country to partner with the social network to tackle image-based abuse.
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Revenge porn is becoming a top priority for Facebook’s safety team.

After announcing a new set of reporting tools in April, Facebook is continuing to roll out a pilot program to help prevent image-based abuse and revenge porn being shared across its platforms.

Testing in the U.S., UK, Canada, and just announced, Australia, the pilot is an extension of the company’s previously announced set of tools for users on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram to prevent their most intimate images from being shared without their permission.

Users can log concerns about images being shared online, which could potentially prevent the images from being shared across Facebook’s platforms. The system won’t immediately block flagged images, but after they’re reviewed by Facebook’s Community Operations team, the platform will use photo-matching tech to prevent additional uploads.

It’s an industry first, according to Facebook’s head of global safety, Antigone Davis. Twitter also recently updated its policy on revenge porn and non-consensual nudity “to better protect victims.”

“The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority,” Davis said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we’re using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook.”

“These tools, developed in partnership with global safety experts, are one example of how we’re using new technology to keep people safe and prevent harm.”

Australia is the latest pilot country. Facebook is working alongside the country’s government-run Office of the eSafety Commissioner to launch the program. In Australia, any images logged in the country’s recently announced national screening portal will be reported to the eSafety Office, who will then notify Facebook to prevent the image being uploaded — the Australian government has pledged A$4.8 million (US$3.84 million) dedicated to the national reporting portal’s development, as part of a A$10 million (US$8 million) plan to tackle image-based abuse.

“This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims.”

Australia’s eSafety Office has joined a global working group established by Facebook to engage governments and businesses in online safety.

“We’ve been participating in the global working group to identify new solutions to keep people safe, and we’re proud to partner with Facebook on this important initiative as it aims to empower Australians to stop image-based abuse in its tracks,” said Julie Inman Grant, eSafety commissioner, in a statement.

“This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims, particularly in cases of ex-partner retribution and sextortion, and the subsequent harm that could come to them,” said Grant.

Revenge porn is slowly being criminalised across countries like Australia and the U.S., and while portals for reporting are a huge step forward, the onus should still be on perpetrators uploading this content in the first place. Stop it, creeps.

Additional reporting by Brett Williams and Johnny Lieu.

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Revenge porn: Facebook teaming up with Government to stop nude photos ending up on Messenger, Instagram

November 02, 2017 16:54:03

If you’ve had a nude photo taken, you might be nervous about where it could end up.

Key points:

  • Facebook working with e-Safety Commissioner to block image sharing
  • You could flag photos of you don’t want circulated, then they cannot be uploaded again
  • Images sent to database won’t be stored

Your phone may be hacked or a relationship turn sour, meaning the “revenge porn” picture could be made public without your say so.

Now, Facebook is partnering with a small Australian Government agency to prevent sexual or intimate images being shared without the subject’s consent.

e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said victims of “image-based abuse” would be able to take action before photos were posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.

“We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly,” Ms Inman Grant said.

One in five Australian women aged 18-45 and one in four Indigenous Australians are victims of that abuse, she said.

How will it work?

If you’re worried your intimate photos will end up on Instagram or Facebook, you can get in contact with the e-Safety Commissioner. They might then tell you to send the images to yourself on Messenger.

Yep, you heard that right. Send your own nudes … to yourself.

“It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,” Ms Inman Grant said.

Once the image is sent via Messenger, Ms Inman Grant said Facebook would use technology to “hash” it, which means creating a digital fingerprint or link.

“They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies,” she said.

“So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded.”

If the program goes according to plan, the photo will never show up on Facebook, even if a hacker or your ex tries to upload it.

Richmond medal photo recent example

Ms Inman Grant said image-based abuse could be an “incredibly devastating experience” for victims.

“A very recent example is of course what happened with the Richmond Football Club and the image of the young girl with the sports memorabilia on her bare chest. She had asked the player to delete it, he said he did, instead it was sent to a few mates and ended up on the internet,” she said.

Richmond’s Nathan Broad was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 AFL season, after the photo went viral.

The e-Safety Commissioner said safeguards would ensure the photos would be secure inside Facebook.

“They thought of many different ways about doing this and they came to the conclusion as one of the major technology companies in the world that this was the safest way for users to share the digital footprints,” Ms Inman Grant said.

“We have a great deal of comfort that they have chose the most secure route … we want to empower people to be able to protect themselves and take action, we don’t want to make them vulnerable.”


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Facebook wants to stop revenge porn by getting people to send in their sexy pics BEFORE they are uploaded by vengeful exes

FACEBOOK wants to stop revenge porn BEFORE it happens – by getting people to send in their own naughty sex pictures.

The social network is testing a system which uses image recognition to identify revenge porn and automatically delete it.

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Social media makes it terrifyingly easy to spread revenge porn

But this can only work if Facebook has copies of the dirty pictures in the first place.

Zuckerberg’s firm is running a pilot scheme in Australia and has teamed up with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to trial its new idea.

Julie Inman Grant, e-Safety Commissioner, said people who were worried about “image-based abuse” should give Facebook their sexy pics.

“It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,” she told ABC.

 Would you be willing to send pictures like this to Facebook?

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Would you be willing to send pictures like this to Facebook?

She reassured potential revenge porn victims that the pictures wouldn’t be kept forever.

“They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies,” Grant said.

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“So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded.”

In a statement, Antigone Davis, Facebook head of global safety, said “the safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority”.

Teen: revenge porn ruined my life

“As part of our continued efforts to better detect and remove content that violates our community standards, we’re using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook,” she continued.

“These tools, developed in partnership with global safety experts, are one example of how we’re using new technology to keep people safe and prevent harm.”

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Family: Indiana law fails to protect revenge porn victims

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — 13 Investigates a gap in Indiana law that could allow someone to post sexually explicit images of you or older teens without consent, and worse yet without prosecution. One 18-year old is speaking out in hopes of empowering more revenge porn victims and advocating for a change in state law.

It was a provocative photo similar to infamous cover shots of popular Hollywood stars on magazines: Topless women with strategically placed arms. But 18-year-old Colene Speckman never meant for her image to land on a porn site.

“You feel violated. You feel dirty,” she told 13 Investigates.

Colene’s photo was supposed to post to Snapchat and then quickly disappear.

“You don’t really think that anything is going to happen,” she said.

Nonconsensual disclosure of explicit photos

But in seconds, Colene says a rejected classmate snagged a screen shot that threatened to ruin her life.

Since freshman year, that classmate had asked her out. Each time she said ‘No.”

“After I said ‘No!” to him, he’s like ‘Oh by the way there’s this site of you, pictures of you.’ I was like ‘What pictures?’ and he shows me one of them.”

“Shocking!” said Colene’s mother Pam, who had heard of “revenge porn” before. She had no idea her daughter was at the center of a cyber attack until overhearing Colene on the phone.

“It’s not private! It’s out there. It becomes public,” said Pam Speckman referring to the apps that promise privacy.

Images of Indiana girls posted on porn site

“I just broke down in tears”

Once she saw the actual porn site where her daughter’s picture was posted, she couldn’t believe how many girls were impacted.

She isn’t sure how their pictures landed on the site, but she said she saw high school girls from across Indianapolis and the entire country posted like trading cards and categorized by school logos.

“Some of them were totally clothed except in a bathing suit,” she told 13 Investigates. “The picture of my daughter was not. She wasn’t naked, but it was provocative where she had her arm over her breast.”

“I didn’t want this happening,” said Colene in frustration. “I bet you these girls didn’t either.”

According to Colene, the classmate who told her about the porn site admitted to adding her image.

“I told him I was going to get the police involved and that’s when he finally let go and told me ‘I was the one who started it.’ I just broke down in tears,” Colene revealed.

The Speckman’s contacted Colene’s School. The school notified parents of the impacted girls and Indianapolis Police. But the Speckmans found Indiana’s laws on sexting and sextortion lacking when it comes to prosecuting nonconsensual disclosure of sexually explicit images.

Indiana’s sexting and sextortion laws don’t apply

“They basically get away with it and it’s not fair”

Indiana Federal Prosecutor Steve DeBrota tells 13 Investigates Indiana’s sexting laws don’t apply because it deals with individuals under 18 years old. Sextortion charges only apply if there is a threat of extortion or a demand involved.

Pam Speckman says county prosecutors believe those violated share some blame.

“The prosecutor believes the perpetrator is 50-percent guilty and the victim is 50-percent guilty,” she said.

According to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative more than 30 states across the country have nonconsensual disclosure laws on the books. But not Indiana.

“They basically get away with it and it’s not fair,” said Colene.

“That’s what started me on the crusade,” added her mother.

Indiana lawmaker considering new legislation

“It’s just tragic when you hear these stories,” said State Senator Aaron Freeman, who represents Southeast Marion County and is a former deputy prosecutor.

Freeman told 13 Investigates Indiana’s disclosure laws are not where they need to be.

“I think we probably need to give prosecutors some additional tools and avenues to really prosecute people that are using these kinds of things without a woman or man’s consent. Posting something just to embarrass them,” explained Freeman.

He says the challenge is creating the right balance. He wants a law to help educate youth but make it tough enough to deter revenge porn.

“Do you criminalize it? Is it more of an educational piece?,” questions Freeman. “If somebody is doing it maliciously and they’re doing it in just some vindictive way, in my opinion that needs to be a crime.”

Breaking their silence

At first Colene and her mother suffered silently.

“You don’t dare tell anybody and I never felt so alone,” admitted Colene’s mother.

They decided to contact Senator Freeman and speak out in hopes of shifting power back to those violated.

“There is a way to you know like speak out. Talk to somebody,” added Colene. She credits her mother and friends for standing by her.

Even though Colene says her former classmate removed the thread on the porn site, she knows her image could show up somewhere else.

Now she wants other girls to understand that posting, even for just a few seconds, could risk a lifetime of privacy. All it takes is for someone to capture a screen shot of your image and use it without your consent for revenge.

“You don’t think anybody’s going to do this to you until it actually happens,” said Colene.

Senator Freeman is working with the Indiana Attorney General’s office to come up with proposed legislation.

Meanwhile Colene and her mother welcome others to join them in changing the law.

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Woman allegedly gets help from mom in twisted revenge porn scheme

This was the mother of all revenge porn plots.

A spiteful Texas woman hacked into her ex-boyfriend’s phone, and, with an assist from her mom, plastered racy photos of his ex-wife on Instagram, according to a local report.

Following a “bad break-up” last month, Adriana Luna, 26 — who local cops said was pregnant with her ex’s child — forced her ex to leave her home without his phone, according to an affidavit obtained by

She tried to log into the phone multiple times, and finally gained access on Aug. 8, posting explicit photos of her ex’s former wife to his Instagram account, according to the report.

When Luna’s ex confronted her, she admitted that she posted the photos — with some help from her mother, the outlet reported. She told a witness that she was determined to shame her ex’s former wife — who she blamed for her own break-up, the affidavit said.

Authorities arrested Luna Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate material, a state felony, according to a police complaint report.

It’s unclear if Luna’s mom has been charged.

The victim told police she would often e-mail nude photos to her ex-husband while they were married.

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Lawyers insist Facebook searches for revenge porn | Ireland

A Northern Irish woman wants the company to search its entire network

An alleged victim of revenge porn is mounting a high court attempt in Belfast to compel Facebook to search for explicit photographs of her.

The tech and publishing company has already deleted “highly sexualised” images of the Northern Irish woman, which are said to have been sent to 25 users. Her lawyers now want those accounts to be checked to establish whether the pictures were forwarded.

The woman, who cannot be identified, claims that her former partner used Facebook’s private messaging service to share the photographs after they broke up.

Although she has ended her action against her ex-boyfriend, she is continuing to sue Facebook for breach of privacy and alleged failures in its system. She has said that her independence and dignity were undermined…

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Woman faces charges for hacking into ex’s phone, posting revenge porn on Instagram

by: Alex Thomas,

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio woman is in trouble after police say she broke into her ex’s phone and posted nude photos of his former lover online.

In August, a woman reported the photos to police, claiming that 26-year-old Adriana Luna posted the images on the man’s Instagram account.

Authorities said the man dated another woman before getting into a relationship with Luna. The woman before had, sent him the nude photos. According to an affidavit, Luna and the man had what a “bad breakup.”


The San Antonio Express-News reported Luna kept her ex’s phone and broke into it, then posted the images.

When Luna’s ex-boyfriend confronted her about it, she allegedly admitted to the crime.

KABB reported that, according to an interview with the ex-boyfriend, Luna posted the photos with her mother’s help.

The ex-boyfriend said that she posted the photos because she wanted to shame the victim for the break-up, which she thinks is the other woman’s thought.

As these sorts of instances become more common, states have put so-called “revenge porn” laws in place that could mean hard time for offenders. Texas also has an online impersonation law that makes it illegal to post messages online while posing as another person. If Luna is indicted, prosecutors may decide to pursue that charge as well.

Luna was arrested on suspicion of unlawful disclosure of intimate material, which is a felony. KENS reported that Luna is currently out of jail on a personal recognizance bond.

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