Report: Facebook ‘Flooded’ with Revenge Porn, ‘Sextortion’

Facebook assessed nearly 54,000 cases of revenge porn and “sextortion” on the platform in a single month, according to a report by the Guardian.

“Figures shared with staff reveal that in January Facebook had to disable more than 14,000 accounts related to these types of sexual abuse – and 33 of the cases reviewed involved children,” the Guardian reported on Monday. “The company relies on users to report most abusive content, meaning the real scale of the problem could be much greater.”

“Sexual policy is the one where moderators make most mistakes,” said one source to the newspaper. “It is very complex.”

This sentiment was mirrored by Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, who also claimed that the situation was “complex.”

“We constantly review and improve our policies,” said Bickert. “These are complex areas but we are determined to get it right.”

In their report, the Guardian added that “One slide showed that in January moderators alerted senior managers to 51,300 potential cases of revenge pornography, which it defines as attempts to use intimate imagery to shame, humiliate or gain revenge against an individual.”

“In addition, Facebook escalated 2,450 cases of potential sextortion – which it defines as attempts to extort money, or other imagery, from an individual,” they continued. “This led to a total of 14,130 accounts being disabled. Sixteen cases were taken on by Facebook’s internal investigations teams.”

Besides non-consensual sex, sextortion, and revenge porn, leaked documents from Facebook also revealed the phrases and sentences that are both banned and allowed.

“Moderate displays of sexuality, open-mouthed kissing, [and] clothed simulated sex and pixelated sexual activity,” are all allowed on the platform, while phrases like “I’m gonna f*ck you,” “I’m gonna eat that p*ssy,” and “Hello ladies, wanna suck my c*ck?” are also accepted.

If users go into more detail or start to become aggressive, however, then Facebook advises its moderators to implement sanctions.

In April, Facebook introduced an anti-revenge porn program that will be able to detect previously-flagged images and stop users from posting them.

“If someone tries to share a photo that Facebook has previously taken down, that person will see a pop-up saying the photo violates Facebook’s policies and that Facebook will not allow the person to share that particular photo on Facebook, Messenger or Instagram,” explained Tech Crunch last month. “Facebook has also partnered with a handful of organizations, like the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and the Revenge Porn Helpline, to offer support to people who are victims of revenge porn.”

In March, a revenge porn victim’s lawyer claimed micro-blogging site Tumblr had “chosen to ignore” revenge porn images posted on the platform after it allegedly took three weeks to get a video of the then-17-year-old victim removed from the site.

“In my opinion, Tumblr has chosen to ignore valid legal demands because they earn more money using victims’ photographs as clickbait than they do protecting minors,” said lawyer Daniel Szalkiewicz, whose firm specializes in Internet defamation and revenge porn cases.

Upon investigation, Breitbart Tech also discovered numerous accounts on Tumblr that specialized in trying to find and shame the victims seen in revenge porn, most of which had been up for numerous weeks without deletion.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.

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It’s Going To Be Especially Illegal To Share Revenge Porn In the Military

Partisanship may be rife on Capitol Hill, but there’s at least one issue that Republicans and Democrats can agree on. After a scandal in the Marines involving explicit images being distributed without consent, the House passed a bill banning nonconsensual nude photo sharing in the military.

Earlier this year, the military was rocked by news that a Marine Facebook group was sharing compromising photos and videos of female service members without their knowledge or consent. At least two dozen female members were identified in the photos, according to reports. The group, “Marines United,” included more that 30,000 active-duty or retired Marines, Corpsman, and British Royal Marines. Some members shared links to photos on the group page.

Although the original group was deleted after it was busted, others have reportedly formed and allegedly continued sharing nude photos. If the members thought that their activities would go undetected in the new groups, perhaps they shouldn’t have used the names “Marines United 2.0” and “Marines United 3.0” for their exploits.

The Marine photo-sharing scandal led to a Senate hearing, as well as a Pentagon investigation. Marine Corps. Commandant Gen. Robert Neller testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Marines did not condone the behavior exhibited on the page and promised to take action.

The Protecting the Rights of IndiViduals Against Technological Exploitation Act (PRIVATE Act) would prohibit service members from sharing intimate images of others without consent, even if the individual gave consent to create the images, according to NBC News. Those who break the law could be tried by court-martial.

U.S. Navy regulations were also updated in April in order to make revenge porn in the Marines and Navy illegal. Any sharing of intimate images without the subject’s consent intended to humiliate, harass, or threaten is now banned.

The bill was passed 418-0 in the House, in a rare unanimous vote. It now heads to the Senate before reaching President Donald Trump’s desk to sign into law.

Although service members make a great sacrifice in dedicating their lives to the safety of the United States, they are not above the law. Hopefully this issue, along with the problem of sexual assault in the military, will be reduced as the public becomes more aware of them. No one should be subjected to photos of themselves being passed around without their consent, and certainly not the men and women who fight for our freedom.

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Why Social Media’s Fight Against Revenge Porn Should Matter to Everyone

Although the Internet has connected people to one another with relative ease, there are certainly plenty of cons to balance out the pros of this technology. People of all ages are quick to share and post photos and videos of themselves through the mediums of social media websites and apps, texting, email and more, which can lead to problems down the road. What happens when you are no longer on good terms with someone you once shared intimate photographs, or your photos fall into the hands of someone you never intended to see them in the first place? Even worse, what happens if someone takes intimate images of you without your knowledge and posts or shares them? We explore how big a problem revenge porn is, what some social media sites are doing about it and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

A growing problem in the U.S. and beyond

The phenomenon of non-consensual intimate image sharing or non-consensual pornography, commonly referred to as revenge porn, is one that has grown over the years as it has become easier and easier to share and mass distribute images online. According to a memo published by the Data & Society Research Institute in Dec. 2016, one in 25 Americans has been a victim of non-consensual image sharing. Whether perpetrated by someone the victim knows or strangers who have acquired their data through hacking or other means, this type of image sharing is a huge problem and has potential to destroy victims’ lives. Just this week, the House passed legislation to ban non-consensual sharing of nude photos in the military, following a massive scandal within the Marine Corps that involved hundreds of Marines sharing explicit photos of female Marines in private groups online. Although many instances of non-consensual pornography involve media taken without the subject’s consent, plenty involve photos taken and sent by the victim themselves.

In a 2013 survey conducted by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), 61% of the 1,606 people questioned admitted to taking a nude photograph or video of themselves and sending it to someone else, and 23% of the total respondents said they’d been victims of non-consensual pornography. Although this is just a small sample of people, and it only included adults ages 18 and older, these kinds of numbers combined with the numerous scandals and lawsuits in recent years indicate that plenty of people are not only taking and sharing these kinds of photos and videos, but many are being harassed or targeted with them. Not all instances of non-consensual pornography are malicious — as the CCRI notes on its website — making the term revenge porn somewhat misleading. But regardless of the motivations, the ease with which images can be uploaded and shared across social media platforms is problematic when it comes to getting them taken down and punishing the perpetrator. Law enforcement has been slow to catch up with technology as a whole, and victims of all kinds of online harassment have discovered when it comes to reporting the crimes against them.

What are social media sites doing to fight revenge porn?

While the law plays catch-up, some social media sites are taking matters into their own hands, since it’s on these platforms that a substantial amount of revenge porn occurs. This past spring, Facebook announced that it was taking steps to combat the sharing and posting of non-consensual intimate images. According to Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety at Facebook, the site will utilize a combination of photo matching technology and trained members of its community standards team to not only help remove images flagged as revenge porn, but also prevent them from being re-shared or re-uploaded. In the event someone tries to share or upload a photo that Facebook has taken down, a pop-up will appear telling them that it’s a violation of the site’s policies. It will not be able to be shared on Facebook, Facebook Messenger or Instagram. In many cases, the account which posted the photo in the first place will also be deactivated.

Of course, it’s still largely up to victims to report instances of non-consensual pornography, but the fact that Facebook is taking significant steps to find a solution to the problem of photos being re-uploaded or posted is notable. CCRI worked with Facebook to create a guide on its site that helps people report images on a variety of websites, including other social media sites, image hosts like Flickr and even Google search results. There is also a Facebook-specific guide detailing how users can report images and strengthen their privacy settings. Other social media sites, like Twitter and Reddit, have implemented strict rules regarding revenge porn to try and combat it, but it may be that extra tools like those Facebook is deploying are necessary.

What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

Although this won’t help in the event someone takes photos or video of you without your knowledge or consent, thinking twice before you snap and share is wise. Remember that even people you think are trustworthy could betray you, whether intentionally as a form of revenge or simply through carelessness, such as passing along a photo to their friends. In a world where even non-photographic data can be used to blackmail and harass people, and scammers and identity thieves lurk around every corner, being extra cautious around what you post and share is not a bad thing. Reviewing your security and privacy settings, as well as using strong passwords, can go a long way. If you do become a victim, there are resources like withoutmyconsent.org and CCRI which offer legal advice, psychological support and help with getting content removed.

Parents and guardians should also remember that this is not an issue faced only by adults. Though up-to-date figures are difficult to come by, sharing sexual images is relatively common among teenagers these days, made easy by apps like Snapchat which “delete” photos and videos within a specific time limit.

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Philippine’s role in Facebook revenge porn, ‘sextortion’

Facebook’s leaked documents revealing cases of revenge porn and “sextortion” could have also infested the Philippines as it has 40 million active users, an Information Technology (IT) specialist said on Thursday.

Revenge porn diplays “sexually explicit photos/videos” of the victims on the Internet without her/his permission, and sextortion uses sexual images to blackmail the victim in exchange for sex or money.

“The possibility that some accounts from the Philippines were involved with these acts is high, since Filipinos are very active in social media, and that our country is sadly known in the porn industry,” IT specialist Darrel Jed Costales said in an interview with The Manila Times.

In 2016 alone, the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) conducted 40 police operations, arresting 150 people involved in extortion, cybersex operations and violations of anti-photo and video voyeurism law.

Facebook documents leaked to the London-based The Guardian exposed that the site had to assess 54, 000 potential cases of revenge porn and sextortion–and 33, 000 of those involved child abuses. This led the social networking site to dismiss 14, 000 accounts worldwide in January, The Guardian posted online.

The newspaper revealed moderators were told to allow videos of abortions “to remain on Facebook as long as they do not contain nudity,” while video records of violent deaths do not have “to be deleted because they can help create awareness of issues such as mental illness.”

It said ‘handmade’ art that shows nudity and sexual activity can remain in the site,” but digital art showing sexual activity, however, cannot.

The Guardian also exposed non-sexual physical abuse and bullying of children need not be deleted “unless there is a sadistic or celebratory element.”

Facebook earlier disclosed that it had only 4, 500 content moderators for its 1.94 billion users, the reason why moderators only have seconds to decide what to delete because the website has become ‘too big, too quickly,” its report said.

Because of this, Facebook promised to hire more than 3, 000 people to review content. But some organizations still see this as a disturbing fact.

As reported by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News, British charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) expressed its frustration about how Facebook works, describing it “alarming to say the least.”

“It needs to do more than hire an extra 3, 000 moderators. Facebook, and other social media companies, need to be independently regulated and fined when they fail to keep children safe,” the organization said.

“Any suspicious sites that promote child pornography should be banned,” Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International representative Geraldine Maleon Gutierrez also told The Manila Times.

She said Facebook should implement stricter plans and responsible actions for the controversy, adding that Facebook administrators “should be responsible enough in any posts that will endanger children from all forms and abuse, and have a mechanism that will help the authorities to track down and punish abusers.”

Gutierrez added that users have to be responsible and vigilant as well “in reporting any forms of abuse on child pornography, revenge forms and other acts that will perpetuate abuses on children.”

“Users of social media sites should not share revenge porn, instead they should alert the authorities and concern agencies to help the victims. Users should be aware also of the laws regarding child’s right such as Republic Act 7610 [An Act providing for stronger deterrence and special protection against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination, and for other purposes] for them to appropriately respond in a manner that will protect the victim’s identity,” Gutierrez explained.

The Guardian said Facebook refused to comment on the figures in the documents but insisted that it “constantly reviews and improves its policies.”

“We get things wrong, and we’re constantly working to make sure that happens less often. We put a lot of detailed thought into trying to find right answers, even when there aren’t any,” wrote Monica Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook, in her column in response to the issue.

She said, “I hope that readers will understand that we take our role extremely seriously. For many of us on the team within Facebook, safety is a passion that predates our work at the company.”

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Prison warning over revenge porn – Scotland


The new warning posters from the Scottish Government.

HARD-hitting posters are being used to warn that anyone guilty of revenge porn is facing up to five years in jail.

New legislation comes into force in April in a bid to stop people who share or threaten to share intimate images without consent.

The Scottish Government’s warning campaign involves posters showing images of a naked man and woman suitably covered with yellow “Police Crime Scene” tape.

Earlier this year it was reported that police in the region were seeing an increase in this controlling form of abuse, while Inverness-based lawyers say they are being contacted more regularly by victims of this manipulative behaviour, which generally refers to the uploading online of sexually explicit material to humiliate and intimidate the victim, usually an ex-partner.

As of April revenge porn becomes a crime in Scotland under the new Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Act.

There have been several celebrity cases where female stars have claimed they have been victims of this blackmail-style posting of sensitive images.

Police urge people to be careful when sharing images and to report any abuse.

Jenna Thomson, a family law solicitor for Macleod and MacCallum, said: “As a solicitor specialising in family law, I often advise clients who are, or have been, the victim of domestic abuse.

“This abuse can come in many forms, and in recent years, so called ‘revenge porn’ has been another method of abuse used to harass and exert coercive control. I welcome the introduction of the new Act and hope that it is effective in putting a stop to this particularly cruel form of abuse.”

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Disclosing private images can be extremely cruel and degrading, and can cause fear and alarm.

“Sharing, or threatening to share, such images can also be used in a highly abusive and manipulative way to seek to control a partner or ex-partner.

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Offenders who send pictures to family members face two years in jail under new guidelines – UK

The most serious offences will be those which the court judges have been calculated to induce “maximum distress”, such as sending images to a victim’s family who are very religious, or to a younger sibling.

Offenders will also face tougher punishment if they set up social media accounts pretending to be the victim or spread a large number of pictures to a wide audience.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said he welcomed the plans and said: “Revenge porn is an awful abuse of trust which can leave victims feeling humiliated and degraded.

“By making it a specific offence, we sent a clear message that this crime will not be tolerated.”

Other offences covered by the new guidelines include domestic abuse and “intimidatory crimes” such as harassment, stalking, controlling and coercive behaviour and threats to kill.

They reflect tougher penalties for stalking and harassment introduced earlier this year. The maximum jail sentence was doubled from five to ten years by the Government following pressure from MPs. For racially-aggravated harassment the maximum sentence was raised from seven to 14 years.

The most serious penalties will be reserved for offenders who target their victims at times which are more likely to cause distress, such as on the day of a funeral.

The definition of domestic abuse has been widened to reflect types of abuse other than violence, such as coercive and controlling behaviour.

This includes limiting the victim’s access to money, preventing them from having friendships or hobbies or determining when they are allowed to eat, sleep and go to the toilet.

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Revenge porn offenders could get no jail time for even the most serious of cases – UK

New sentencing guidelines for revenge porn could let offenders off without any prospect of jail time.

The rules, outlined by the Sentencing Council, are for courts dealing with defendants convicted of disclosing private sexual images or videos without consent.

New proposals suggest that if an offender sets out to cause the most serious harm, but the victim doesn’t suffer the intended harm, then culprits will not automatically get time behind bars.

They could be let off with community orders, even when the offender has sought to ruin the victim’s life.

Victims must prove their vulnerability in order for the offender to go to jail for revenge porn, it is understood.

It comes after stats indicated that gay, lesbian and bisexual people are four times more likely to face revenge porn.

For the worst cases where – such as sending images to a victim’s family who are very religious or to a young sibling – jail terms of up to two years could apply.

The law only came into effect for the first time in 2015, following calls by victims, their families and charities.

There have been some 200 convictions since the law was passed.

The Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, has previously promised to clamp down on such offences.

The jail time for offenders found guilty of stalking can now face up to ten years in jail, instead of five.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said: “Revenge porn is an awful abuse of trust which can leave victims feeling humiliated and degraded.

“By making it a specific offence, we sent a clear message that this crime will not be tolerated.

“It is right that our courts recognise the severity of this crime, and I welcome the Sentencing Council’s proposals.”

The new guidlines are now out for consultation, and if confirmed must be followed by courts.

Judges will only be able to flout the guidelines if it’s deemed in the best interests of justice.

The penalties for revenge porn could disproportionately effect the LGB community.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are more than four times more likely to be the victims of revenge porn, according to one study.

The a survey from US-based Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that the issue had a shockingly disproportionate impact on LGB people, who were more likely to be victims.

While just four percent of the general public have been the victim of either revenge porn or threats to post it, among LGB people the number jumps to 17 percent.

The study notes: “Among internet users who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB), 15% say someone has threatened to share a nude or nearly-nude photo or video of them without their permission, a far higher rate than among heterosexual internet users (2%).

“In addition, 7% of LGB respondents have had someone share a nude or nearly nude image of them, compared with 2% of heterosexual internet users.

“Taken together, 17% of LGB Americans have either had an image shared without their consent or have had someone threaten to share an image of them.”

The prevalence of hook-up apps in the gay community may be a factor in the disproportionate impact on LGB people, as well as pre-existing issues relating to ‘outing’ people who are in the closet.

Amanda Lenhart, of the Data and Society Research Institute said: “Nonconsensual pornography can have a devastating and lasting impact on victims, so it’s vital that we understand how common this is and who is affected.

“Our findings show that particular groups  -such as young adults and lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans – are not only much more likely to be victims of nonconsensual pornography, but are more likely to experience a range of online harassment and abuse.

“This includes other types of privacy violations, such as having their online or phone activity monitored, or having their passwords stolen or coerced by others.”

If you have been a victim of revenge porn and want to seek advice, call the UK helpline on 0345 6000 459.

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Mischa Barton Talks Revenge Porn Drama and Recent Hospitalization

Mischa Barton isn’t having a very good year.

In late January, the 31-year-old actress was hospitalized at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital Jan. 26 after a neighbor called 911 to report she was behaving erratically. “I think it was complete hallucination,” Barton says on Dr. Phil, airing Sept. 3. “I have no idea what I was talking about.”

Barton, in her first sit-down interview since the incident, said she experienced auditory and visual hallucinations. “Before I blacked out and don’t remember anything, it was more auditory and visual—but more visual, like specks of light and stuff like that,” she tells Dr. Phil McGraw. “There’s also blackout parts earlier in the night, and then I’ll remember my friend saying, ‘Please lay down and then it’ll be gone again.’ And the whole thing outside is just blackouts.”

After her hospitalization ended—and video footage of her blackout surfaced online—Barton released a statement to People. “I voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB,” the former star of The O.C. said, referring to the depressant commonly referred to as the “date rape” drug. “After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well…This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.”

Barton later moved out of the apartment where the incident occurred.

The actress kept a low profile for a month, but in mid-March, Barton made headlines for yet another reason. During a press conference with her lawyer Lisa Bloom, Barton announced she is taking legal action to block the sale and release of an intimate video she claims was secretly recorded by an ex-boyfriend. As she tells McGraw, it feels like “complete emotional blackmail.”

“I couldn’t believe it because I had loved this person and I didn’t think it was possible,” the actress explains, calling it a “sinister” thing to do. “There’s no way that it wasn’t premeditated.”

Two weeks ago, E! News confirmed the case is under review with the L.A.P.D.

Barton also obtained an emergency restraining order against two ex-boyfriends, whom she has not named publicly, over the “revenge porn.” Speaking to reporters, Barton said, “I’ve been through an incredibly hard and trying time. This is a painful situation and my absolute worst fear was realized when I learned that someone I thought I love and trusted was filming my most intimate and private moments without my consent, with hidden cameras. And then I learned something even worse—that someone is trying to sell these videos and make them public.”
“I came forward to fight this not only for myself, but for all the women out there. I want to protect them from the pain and humiliation that I have had to go through. No woman should have to go through this and I am beyond grateful to Lisa Bloom, the Bloom Firm and to all of my friends who have helped me through this horrific experience,” Barton said while reading a prepared statement. “It’s a very hard thing to do but I’m glad I’m finally standing up for myself.”

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‘Sextortion’ gangs blackmail 30 teenagers a day by luring them into webcam sex acts using fake women’s profiles

Teenagers trapped in webcam sex stings are being blackmailed by foreign “sextortion gangs”.

At least 30 Britons a day fall for the webcam sex scams. Some British victims of African gangs have committed suicide, a Mirror investigation reveals today. Police said: “We just see the tip of the iceberg.”

At least four victims have killed themselves after webcam ­blackmailers tricked them into performing online sex acts.

The “sextortionists”, often based thousands of miles away in Africa or Asia, use stolen pictures and fake profiles to con people into thinking they are having genuinely intimate one-on-one video calls.

These are recorded and victims are told footage of their sex session will be made public and sent to friends and family unless they send cash.

One teenager stung by an Ivory Coast gang told his blackmailer after being online for just 100 minutes: “I’d rather go and shoot myself, you f***ing trash making people do this.”

The coldhearted criminal replied: “I thank you I want your money more I will share your video bye?”

Minutes later, the victim typed his suicide note which read: “I was getting blackmailed by someone for £800 so they sent a video around of me and ruined my life.

“I am so sorry … but this is the only way out.”

In the morning, he was found dead.

The Daily Mirror went to Africa to find how this teenager and another Briton were driven to take their own lives by criminals in the Ivory Coast.

We found police there struggling to cope with the rackets operating via a network of scammers, internet cafes and Western Union cash transfers.

The National Crime Agency had 1,245 cases of “financially motivated webcam blackmail” reported to their Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit in 2016, up more than threefold on 2015.

But experts believe the true figure could be 10 times higher.

Some are ambushed as they browse social media, some are looking for love on dating sites and others are tricked by pop-up ads on porn websites.

Roy Sinclair, from the police unit, said: “There is huge under-reporting of these kinds of offences, often because victims feel ashamed or embarrassed but of course criminals rely on that reaction to succeed.”

The tragic English teenager had killed himself after being lured into a Skype chat with a “pretty brunette”.

Police believe the victim, who we agreed not to name, was tricked into sexual activity in front of his webcam.

The Ivorian extortionist, who set up the fake Skype profile, sent his victim a picture of the sex act, threatening to post it on YouTube and share it with Facebook friends and family. He also vowed to make the baseless claim that the teenager had been watching ­child-sex abuse videos at the time.

He sent a link for a Western Union account and demanded £800. The youngster tried to send £350. But his bank blocked it, suspecting fraud.

The same Ivorian Skype user had targeted another potential victim on Facebook , just five days earlier, posing as a 22-year-old Texan brunette.

But pictures of “Daniella” had been stolen. Officers traced the Skype and fake Facebook accounts to the Ivory Coast, as well as two mobile phone numbers linked to a Western Union account used in the extortion bid.

Ivorian Cybercrime police found the mobile numbers allegedly belonged to a man called Ouare Yaya.

He is on the run but had withdrawn cash from Western Union branches. He was linked to a cashier called Kouadio Eoule, 33, accused of letting Yaya withdraw £164 sent by a victim.

But our victim made no payments to the blackmailer, so any withdrawal could not be directly linked to his suicide. We visited Eoule in Maca jail in the business capital of Abidjan. He said: “If they don’t find Yaya I’ll go to jail for 10 years. I’m finished.

“I had nothing to do with this. Tell his parents I didn’t know anything.”

UK police said inquiries into the suicide were ongoing and they hope to extradite the blackmailer, if caught, to face up to 14 years in jail. But tough cybercrime laws introduced in the Ivory Coast in 2013 mean offenders face up to 20 years and £164,000 fines.

The cruel scam is called “chantage” there and police are investigating links to a second British suicide, two in Italy, two in France and one in Canada.

But these are deaths recorded in one country. Two other British victims have been linked to other countries. One Ivory Coast victim was a closet bisexual whose male blackmailers threatened to tell his wife. Another was a Government minister in Mali.

The Ivory Coast has overtaken ­Nigeria as the capital of cybercrime in Africa. Half the population live in poverty and cybercrooks earn ­thousands of pounds a month.

Ivory Coast anti-cybercrime chief Colonel Guelpetchin Ouattara said: “We try to raise awareness but UK authorities must make people aware. I feel sorry for victims. They’re not stupid. They don’t know the risks.”

With piles of files on his desk, colleague Capitaine Seyo Kebe Mallon said many of the big web firms were not helping. He said: “We sent requests for information to Hotmail, Facebook and Skype. They ignored us.” Victims range from 14 to 82 but are mostly 21 to 30 years old, says the UK National Crime Agency. One NCA investigator, “John”, said scammers manipulate webcam sex tapes to fool victims into thinking they are live and real.

He said: “Victims are normally male and enticed by a young lady. In a matter of hours, you are enticed into doing something silly on camera.

“They encourage you to friend them on Facebook. That’s how they get your address book.

“Once they have it, they begin sending threatening messages and you become subjected to blackmail for hundreds of pounds or low thousands.

He said: “We still think we are seeing the tip of the iceberg.”

Stephan Konan, advisor to the Ivorian Interior Ministry, told the Mirror at this year’s ShieldAfrica security conference: “Criminals who used to rob people on the streets now go into cyber cafes and rob them online.

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Revenge porn footballer Igor De Oliviera who posted naked photos of ex-girlfriend online is spared jail


The young victim was left “very distressed” after her friends saw the photographs on Instagram

A JILTED footballer who posted revenge porn pictures of an ex-lover on Instagram when she began dating again has avoided jail.

Jealous Igor De Oliviera was caught out when his victim’s friends saw the naked photographs he posted on social media.

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Igor De Oliviera had asked the woman for the pictures when they were in a relationship

After the pair split up and the woman began seeing someone else, the footballer got angry

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After the pair split up and the woman began seeing someone else, the footballer got angry

The 19-year-old, who last played for Margate Football Club, had asked for the naked photos when the pair were in a relationship, and could not cope with seeing his ex with a new man.

De Olivera, who claimed he deleted the photos after “five minutes”, admitted one count of disclosing private images with intent to cause distress.

At Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, District Judge Barbara Barne handed De Oliviera a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He was ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work within 12 months.

Julian Becker, prosecuting, previously told the court: “These images was composed of two naked photographs of the victim, but in one photograph.

“This was posted on Instagram and seen by others.

“The victim became aware when her friends saw the images, and she was very distressed by this.”

De Oliviera deleted the images after five minutes but was still arrested and now faces the possibility of jail

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De Oliviera deleted the images after five minutes but was still arrested and now faces the possibility of jail

Mike Nicholson, defending said: “She sent him the photographs unprompted.

“She began a relationship with another, when he found out he was upset, he knows he shouldn’t have done it, he fully admits this.

“He deleted them after five minutes.”

Mr Nicholson described De Olivera as a “talented footballer” but told the court he was now living at home, after getting paid to play for Margate last year.

It became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject’s consent in April 2015, with offenders facing a maximum sentence of  two years imprisonment.

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