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Student cheated by female con artist in naked-chat scam

(MENAFN – Asia Times) A 20-year-old university student, surnamed Ooi, claims to have lost RM2,000 (US466) to a con artist posing as a Filipina of the same age in a naked-chat scam in Malaysia.

At 5pm on July 4, Ooi, who lives in Petaling Jaya, a satellite town near Kuala Lumpur, met a woman named Irene over a mobile app ‘Hi’, Sin Chew Daily reported. At 10pm, Ooi received a naked video from the woman via Skype and was requested by her to have a naked chat.

Ooi followed her suggestion and took off his clothes in front of his mobile phone camera. On the morning of July 5, he was blackmailed by the woman, who threaten to circulate the naked video of him that she had taken during the chat.

Ooi borrowed RM2,000 from friends and transferred the money tohe scammer in three payments between July 5 and 10. On July 11, Irene asked for another RM1,000 but Ooi said he had no more money. He called the police.

Datuk Seri Michael Chong, director of the Malaysian Chinese Association’s Public Services and Complaint Department, told the Guang Ming Daily that the department had handled 22 cases of blackmailing since 2015.

Of the 22 cases, 16 involved naked-chat scams and most of the victims were young men, Chong said. Netizens are advised not to send naked photos or videos to strangers or try to settle matters by transferring money, he said.

 

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Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Opens Up About Being a Revenge Porn Victim

Two former House staffers were indicted Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s office on charges related to an alleged revenge porn leak against their former boss, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands). In her first stateside interview since the incident, which took place just before her July 2016 Democratic primary election, Plaskett told The Daily Beast the exclusive story of how she became a victim of what she calls “cyber sexual assault.”

It was 1 a.m. on a sweltering July night in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the then-first-term congresswoman was asleep in her home with her family, when the phone rang. It would ring many more times that night.

Plaskett and husband Jonathan Buckney-Small scrambled from bed to take the first call. His brother was on the line, saying somebody just posted a topless selfie of Plaskett on Facebook, as well as a short video Plaskett took of her nude husband and their clothed daughter in their bathroom, playing with makeup. It’s on a public page, he said, being downloaded as we speak.

The couple started calling Facebook and anyone they could think of who might have sway with Facebook or law enforcement, which was a lot of people. Buckney-Small is a popular community activist and former professional tennis player, and Plaskett is the Virgin Islands’ lone delegate to the U.S. Congress.

Facebook took the post down at 4 a.m.—which was at least three hours too late.

That was the opening sequence of the saga Plaskett and her family endured beginning July 21, 2016, and culminating Thursday with the Department of Justice’s indictment of her two former congressional aides on federal charges related to the circulation of their former boss’s private nude images.

The staffers worked in Plaskett’s legislative office in Washington, D.C. According to the indictment, Juan R. McCullum, 35, of Washington D.C., who worked in the office from April 2015 to July 2016, was charged with two counts of cyberstalking, and Dorene Browne-Louis, 45, of Upper Marlboro, Md., who worked in the office from January 2015 to April 2016, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice.

The indictment alleges that McCullum offered to get Plaskett’s iPhone repaired at a local Apple store in March 2016. The iPhone contained private, nude photos and videos that McCullum is alleged to have stolen and distributed using a Hotmail address and a Facebook account under a fictitious name. McCullum also is alleged to have encouraged others on social media to distribute and post the images in Plaskett’s congressional district during the run-up to her primary election.

McCullum told Browne-Louis about his activities as early as July 2, according to the indictment. She is accused of deleting text messages from McCullum and making false, incomplete, and misleading statements to law enforcement and a grand jury. Browne-Louis made her first appearance in court on Thursday, where she pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on her own recognizance. McCullum’s first appearance in court has not yet been scheduled.

“I was informed today that preliminary arrests had been made of individuals who are alleged to have been involved in those illegal acts,” Plaskett said in a statement Friday. “I am deeply grateful to the Capitol Police and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for their thorough and in-depth investigation of the crimes committed against me.” Her office declined to comment further on the specifics of the indictment, given the ongoing investigation.

But in an exclusive interview conducted before the indictments, Plaskett told The Daily Beast that on July 22, 2016, when she and her husband got the stolen material temporarily removed from Facebook, their relief was short-lived.

That same afternoon, Politico came out with a story about Plaskett’s photos and video under a soon-to-be-edited headline using the phrase “sex tape.” Before the day’s end, other publications including The Hill, Jezebel, and the New York Daily News picked up not just the story but the “sex-tape” misnomer. Bipartisan Report took less than a day to label the scandal “career-ending.”

“I had to call my sons in college and sit down with my son in the eighth grade and try to explain this to them,” Plaskett, 51, told The Daily Beast in her first stateside interview on the events in question. “The [New York] Daily News ran a story, so I had to call my parents, who are in their 80s and live in New York and were getting phone calls about me.”

The photo, she explained, was a topless selfie she had taken for her husband, something like a souvenir of “a healthy marriage,” she said, and the video was a non-sexual home movie of a private family moment. Both, Plaskett alleged then, were criminally hacked from her phone or computer.

When the photo and video were released, Plaskett said she felt like she was traversing a minefield. She wanted to win re-election, but she refused to act like a victim. “People were trying to bait me to go down a rabbit trail of talking about this a lot, and I didn’t want to play the victim or be this distraught and upset woman,” she said.

The most painful part was “the allusion or allegation that the close family relationship we had was inappropriate,” Plaskett said, referring to the video of her husband and their daughter. “We live in a hot climate in the tropics, and we only have ceiling fans. We don’t have central air because it costs too much, so you walk around in your underwear, or someone can walk into you in a bathroom and you don’t have any clothes on. It’s really no big deal, but people were alluding to us doing [sexual] stuff with our little girl around. That was really, really hurtful.”

It didn’t hurt her at the polls, though. The day the photo and video appeared, Plaskett issued a statement denouncing the hacking and non-consensual posting of the material, and two days later she did a lone interview on the topic with the Virgin Islands Consortium.

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Activists pushing for harsher penalties for posting revenge porn

Revenge porn is a crime in Texas and it could be considered domestic violence, but some say that the penalties aren’t very harsh.

SAN ANTONIO – Revenge porn is a crime in Texas and it could be considered domestic violence.

“They feel very afraid and terrorized,” said Patricia Castillo, executive director of P.E.A.C.E who works with victims of relationship and family violence and says that she’s seeing many more cases involving threats of revenge porn. “It’s an abusive power. People need to see it that way. It can really destroy someone’s reputation and credibility, so it’s something that must be taken very seriously.”

Criminal defense attorney Steven Gilmore says that revenge porn is a crime, but penalties are not very harsh.

“In Texas, it is a Class A misdemeanor,” he noted. “Posting a photo of sexual conduct is not more serious than your average telephone harassment case.”

Gilmore said that if the case is proven to be domestic violence, the victim can file for a restraining order and that can lead to more consequences for the person posting the picture.

“That will prevent a defendant from owning or possessing a firearm in the future,” he said.

Castillo said that she hopes to see legislation passed with stronger penalties. For now, she encourages victims, who are primarily women, to speak out.

“I think they most definitely need to document with law enforcement,” she said. “They need to press charges.”

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Revenge Porn Is Alive And Well In Marine Corps Months After Scandal

After a piercing March investigation pointed to the 30,000-member strong “Marines United” Facebook group as ground zero for the Corps’ nude-photo scandal, successor groups immediately sprung up across social media and file-sharing networks to keep explicit photos of unconsenting female service members, veterans, and civilians flowing across the internet. And despite the looming threats of courts-martial and criminal prosecutions, military-connected strains of misogyny and sexism are alive and well — and have turned more vile and vicious online.

On July 12, the Daily Beast reported the existence of a new “Mike Uniform” Facebook group and DropBox drive containing increasingly violent imagery, including a photograph that appears to show an unconscious woman photographed naked “by a man whose reflection is visible in a mirror, though his face is unclear.” (Task & Purpose was able to independently confirm the existence of the photograph, as well as the DropBox and Facebook group where it was posted). The group’s tagline is a clear tribute to Marines United: “I am MU this is MU. it may have to be under a different name and some of the things we used to do we don’t do anymore be we can still come together as brother on a page that is just for us.”

Publication of the new imagery appears to be at least partly driven by revenge. Task & Purpose confirmed that one new private Facebook group explicitly focuses on Kally Wayne, a former Marine who told ABC News in the aftermath of the initial Marines United scandal last March that an ex-boyfriend had shared explicit images and video of her around the internet. Wayne was among several victims whose likeness was plastered not just across Facebook and DropBox, but other pornographic sites as retribution for her speaking out. Several active-duty and veteran Marines interviewed by Task & Purpose at the time had characterized her account as “false accusations” by a promiscuous, disgraced Marine.

Related: The Rise And Fall (And Rise) Of ‘Marines United’»

The administrators of pages like Mike Uniform and others, such as “Group JTTOTS No Wooks Dependas No Reporting Bubba,” self-identified as active-duty or veterans on their Facebook profiles, clearly aren’t wary of the ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry that’s ensnared dozens of their fellow Marines.

“They’re escalating and they don’t care,” Col. Don Christensen, former Air Force chief prosecutor and Protect Our Defenders president, told Task & Purpose. “This is pure arrogance in their conduct, plain and simple.”

It is not yet fully clear who is responsible for these latest private enclaves of revenge porn. Several sources provided Task & Purpose with screenshots of Facebook group administrators, identifying those admins as active-duty or veteran Marines. A message pinned to the top of the Mike Uniform Facebook page states that group membership is explicitly restricted to active-duty Marines and Navy corpsmen. One source told Task & Purpose that new members are interrogated on basic boot camp and Marine knowledge, most of which is readily available to anyone on the internet, to weed out imposters.

The fundamental legal problem with sharing revenge porn — it’s prohibited both under Navy regulations and a growing patchwork of state laws — seems lost on participants. Within hours of the Daily Beast’s latest report, several members of the central Facebook group were scrambling to adjust their tactics. “If you decide to post pictures of naked women, you have to blur the faces,” wrote one Marine in a screenshot provided to Task & Purpose. One source told Task & Purpose that, in some cases, aspiring group members are asked to upload explicit photos as a sign of trust before gaining admission.

Much of the revenge porn in question was clearly posted in recent weeks after lawmakers and Corps leadership rebuked such behavior as contrary to the “dignity and respect” that all service members, and fellow humans, deserve. At least one victims’ advocate and Marine veteran see the new groups as a direct rebuke of DoD efforts to crack down on revenge porn across the Corps.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks to Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 26, 2017. Neller spoke about the importance of respecting fellow Marines and the Marine Corps’ revised social media policy.

Lawmakers aren’t pleased either. “Nonconsensual pornography continues to be a culture of rot spread throughout the military,” Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California who’s been leading the charge against revenge porn for years, told Task & Purpose in a statement regarding the Daily Beast story. “Until we address that rot, and ensure the punishment fits the crime, we’re going to continue to spend valuable time and resources running down these perpetrators.”

Indeed, the escalation among offenders with Marine ties comes amid growing pressure from military authorities. In recent months, NCIS reviewed more than 130,000 explicit images across 168 websites, identifying 67 Marines (and 22 civilians) as persons of interest in the Marines United investigation. The Corps announced on July 10 that the first Marine had pleaded guilty to sharing nude photos without consent on the now-defunct Facebook group page. The unidentified Marine, who faces imminent administrative discharge, was sentenced to 10 days confinement, forfeiture part of one month’s pay, and reduction in rank by three grades.  

But even NCIS appears hamstrung in its efforts to actually prosecute offenders. According to legislative staffer for Speier, NCIS can’t actually access the private Google Drive accounts circulating in Facebook groups like Mike Uniform without a warrant from a federal magistrate due to the lack of a federal statute regarding revenge porn (35 states have various laws on the books), and even then, Google has refused to turn over this information to military authorities.

“NCIS has tools as its disposal to track both perpetrators and victims, but without the Google Drive they can’t do much about it,” the staffer told Task & Purpose. “You need evidence not just of the images and videos, but the comments that show Marines explicitly targeting and IDing victims.”

Related: First Marine Sentenced In Connection With ‘Marines United’ Nude Photo Scandal»

And if the unidentified Marine convicted on July 10 is any indication, the punishments applied to revenge porn offenders — doled out in a streamlined process known as a “summary” court-martial — are usually so light as to be “laughable,” according to Christensen.

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What Can Victims Of Revenge Porn In India Do To Punish The Perpetrators?

Namrata* (30) was in the middle of a work meeting in Delhi when her phone buzzed. It was Akash*, a colleague and friend. She disconnected the call, thinking Akash would know she was in a meeting and call back later. But her phone kept buzzing and that was very unlike Akash. So Namrata excused herself to take the call, only to receive the most frightening, confusing bit of information of her life. Akash, some other friends and friends’ friends had received a bunch of pictures in their Facebook inboxes—intimate pictures that Namrata had shared with a man she had recently broken up with. These images were accompanied with variations of a message that basically warned them that Namrata was a woman of dubious morals and that they should be wary of associating with her.

That was just the beginning. Blinded with rage, when Namrata called up the man demanding an explanation, he told her to get back with him, else he would send the same pictures to common email ids of her organisation. It wasn’t difficult to find these email ids—he just had to scan her company’s social media pages.

A friend who knows Namrata remembers having a long deliberation over whether or not to file a complaint with the police and then deciding against it.

By then the harasser’s friends had come to his rescue, requesting Namrata to not take any legal action, apologising on his behalf, promising to have him delete all intimate pictures they shared and whining that he was no criminal—just a regular fellow dealing with a heartbreak badly.

Here’s the thing: the man was not acting on an impulse. He had carefully cropped and blurred himself out of the pictures they had taken together before sending them to multiple people. There’s a word for the crime he was committing: it’s called revenge porn.

In India, incidents of revenge porn may not make media headlines frequently, but in a country where rape videos are put on sale , how safe are people from revenge porn?

You may have come across the word frequently on your social media timelines over the past couple of days after socialite Rob Kardashian released intimate images and videos of his estranged wife Black Chyna on Twitter and Instagram. In India, incidents of revenge porn may not make media headlines frequently, but in a country where rape videos are put on sale, how safe are people from revenge porn? Not at all.

The Times Of India today reported that an Ahmedabad woman’s ex-husband shared intimate pictures they had taken on their honeymoon on Facebook to get back at her for leaving him. Last year, a man was arrested in Andhra Pradesh for posting intimate pictures of his former girlfriend—now married to another man—online and sending a CD to her in-laws. He was released on bail. Regarding the Ahmedabad case, a cyber cell officer told TOI, “If it was not enough the husband, a cloth merchant and resident of Shahibaug, also threw some printouts of the pictures in Noblenagar where her wife is staying with parents after being separated.”

While revenge porn is just another option criminals have to intimidate and exact ‘revenge’ on women who have rebuffed them, the legal framework and societal conditioning is yet to convince more women to act against such crimes. For starters, there is no law in India specifically directed against revenge porn and its victims. The police has to usually fall back upon the Information Technology Act 2000 to file FIRs in these cases.

“Police usually book people under sections 67 and 67A of the IT Act in these cases,” says cyber law expert Pavan Duggal.

“Police usually book people under sections 67 and 67A of the IT Act in these cases,” cyber law expert Pavan Duggal told HuffPost India.

But there’s a catch.

Sections 67 and 67A of the IT Act are against the publishing and circulation of what the act calls ‘obscene’ or ‘lascivious’ content. Section 67 states: “If a person publishes or transmits or causes to be published in the electronic form, any material which is lascivious or appeals to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it.” Section 67A extends the law to a person “who publishes or transmits images containing a sexual explicit act or conduct”.

The first can land a person in jail for up to five years and/or fine the offender upto ₹ 1 lakh. For the second, the jail term is seven years and the penalty is the same. However, since both these sections aim more towards controlling the spread of pornography, the victim can also be booked under the law.

“Technically, one can argue that if the persons featured in the video or image did not engage in filming those acts, the clip or picture would not have existed. Moreover, if the person had shared it with the perpetrator, that could also be held against him or her,” said Duggal.

So, technically, if you have sent a nude picture or sexually explicit video to someone, you stand the risk of being booked alongside the offender who has shared it without your consent.

So, technically, if you have sent a nude picture or sexually explicit video to someone, you stand the risk of being booked alongside the offender who has shared it without your consent. Because both sections of the IT Act indicate that you are not legally in the clear if you ‘transmit’ any such content—the medium could be a Facebook message, WhatsApp or an email that you shared with your partner.

However, Duggal added, till now in India, the police haven’t booked any victim of revenge porn under these sections. But the fact remains that the decision to book or not book a victim is the discretion of the police officer looking into the case and he may or may not choose to empathise with the victim.

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Are Scottish Victims Of Revenge Porn Better Protected?

As Scotland’s ‘revenge porn’ offence comes into force are Scottish victims of this invasive practice now better protected than those of us south of the border?

Outcry about the malicious disclosure of intimate images has been growing since the issue first came to public attention in 2011. As media reports highlighted the danger posed by websites that encouraged intimate images to be posted with victim names and links to social networking profiles public anger grew. This was truly ‘revenge porn’, with embittered ex-partners sharing images in order to publicly humiliate their victims. As the practice spread to popular social network sites it became increasingly obvious that there was a need to legislate to tackle this threat.

In 2015 an offence prohibiting the non-consensual disclosure of private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress was introduced in England and Wales. For the offence to be made out the offender must disclose – online or offline – any photograph or visual recording that is sexual and private, defined as ‘something that is not of a kind ordinarily seen in public’. Only an intention to cause distress to the victim satisfies the offence. Thus, it may be that a person who discloses an image claiming they were entirely financially or sexually motivated could escape liability.

It may seem that Scotland have come late to the party with their offence of the non-consensual disclosure, or threatened disclosure, of images of another person in an intimate situation coming into force July 2017. Yet this offence is a significant improvement on that which has been operating for the last two years in England and Wales.

The Scottish offence avoids the intention problem by requiring offenders intend or are reckless as to whether their victim suffers fear, alarm or distress. The inclusion of recklessness here means a person who discloses an image claiming they did not intend to cause anguish will still be liable where they saw a risk that this would occur. There are concerns that this has made the offence unworkably broad and those who jokingly share images of friends in their underwear could be liable to prosecution.

The offence also has a broader definition of what amounts to a protected image. In English law a sexual photograph or film is defined as one where the genitals or public area are exposed, or a reasonable person would say the image was sexual due to its nature or the context. The Scottish offence looks to whether the image is of an ‘intimate situation’, a phrase set to embrace a broader range of scenarios. Here an image is intimate if the ‘genitals, buttocks or breasts are exposed or covered only with underwear’ or a reasonable person would say the act was intimate.

Images that are digitally altered are also actionable under Scottish law. An offender who creates an image of the victim in an intimate situation by piecing together pornographic and innocent images will fall foul of the offence. The English equivalent excludes images that only appear to be private and sexual because of such manipulation.

This illustrates the most significant difference between the approaches taken in these jurisdictions. Where the English offence looks to whether a private sexual moment has been made public the Scottish offence concentrates on whether the disclosure is potentially abusive. As Justice secretary Michael Matheson has stated “This behaviour has emerged increasingly in recent years as a factor in sexually abusive behaviour and, in highlighting it as a serious criminal offence which will attract a substantial penalty, this legislation is an important and necessary development.” Abuse can of course come in many forms and the dissemination of a faux sexual image could be as distressing, if not more distressing, than the disclosure of a real image.

A significant difficulty in tackling revenge pornography has been that there is no effective mechanism for the take down of these images. Once materials are published online it is almost impossible to supress them. Although the social media sites – where images are most often disclosed – make strenuous efforts to police themselves victims are often deterred from reporting disclosures to the police for fear of drawing further attention to these harmful images. The Scottish offence has gone some way to addressing this by criminalising threats to disclose. It is pleasing to see that this is being taken seriously and the maximum penalty of 5-years imprisonment emphasises the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling such abuse.

There have been concerns about the worth of the English offence. Figures obtained by the BBC last year revealed more than 60 per cent of reported cases resulted in no action being taken. It seems criminalisation has not given complainants sufficient confidence to reporting offending behaviour or to support prosecutions.

Scotland needs to take note – despite this new offence appearing to be a robust response complainants must have both confidence in and support from the criminal justice system for the offence to operate effectively.

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Man admits making revenge porn threats

A Lesmahagow woman was forced to endure hours of mental anguish as a man repeatedly threatened to put a video of her in a “compromising position” on social media.

At Lanark Sheriff Court on Thursday, Andrew Gray, 26, pleaded guilty to having, on December 10 last year, sent the woman text messages that were of a grossly offensive or menacing nature in that he repeatedly threatened to post a personal video of her on the internet.

Depute fiscal Ziad Hassan outlined the circumstances, saying that Gray and the woman had never been in a relationship with each other but had exchanged messages with each other on the Tinder dating site.

“Eventually, Gray had persuaded her to send him a video of herself in a compromisong position,” he said.

The two went on to meet face to face, but a relationship didn’t develop from that.

Then, on December 10 last year at 8am, she received a message from him, threatening that, if she did not apologise for recent messages she had texted him, he would post the video of her on Facebook.

Over the next eight hours, she sent him messages apologising, but Gray “kept moving the goalposts” and continued to threaten to post the video, stating he knew where to send the images to make sure her friends and family would see them.

Eventually, at around 5pm, the woman contacted the police, and they advised her not to reply to any more of his messages. Officers then contacted Gray at his home in Barshaw Drive, Paisley, Renfrewshire, and he duly handed himself in at his local police station.

When asked why he had acted in the way he did, he explained that the woman had been “getting cheeky” with him.

A clearly highly displeased sheriff Nikola Stewart said Gray was guilty of “appalling, appalling, appalling behaviour” and told him that, had new stronger legislation on revenge porn been in force when he committed the offence, he could be going to jail.

She called for background reports and deferred sentence until Thursday, August 17.

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Western Union employee foils Skype Scammer’s Plot

Despite being a newbie, a customer service officer suspected something was wrong when a man hesitantly approached her counter to make a money transfer last Thursday afternoon.

Miss Tessie Diaz, 39, who joined Western Union about a month ago, was right.

The man, a 23-year-old student, was being blackmailed after stripping naked during a video Skype call with an online “friend” he had met on social networking application Skout.

He told The New Paper yesterday that he had hit it off with a woman who looked like a Japanese model in her 20s, and he gave her his Skype username.

“The call was on mute and she started taking off her clothes first, so I played along,” he said.

“Once I was fully naked, she cut the call, which had lasted about four minutes.

“Two minutes later, she threatened me and demanded that I transfer $3,000 to her or she would send the videoto all my Facebook friends.”

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He told her he did not have so much money and managed to negotiate it down to $150.

Worried about his Facebook reputation, he went to Western Union’s Ang Mo Kio branch to make the transfer.

When asked, he told Miss Diaz he did not know the recipient of the money.

“That’s what made me think it was a scam. Usually, they would know who they are transferring money to,” Miss Diaz said.

After learning of the blackmail attempt, she convinced the student to make a police report.

For foiling the scam, Miss Diaz received a commendation letter from the police yesterday.

Investigations are ongoing.

Western Union Singapore vice-president Patricia Chua said employees are trained on the first day of work how to convince scam victims not to proceed with transactions.

The police’s annual crime statistics show that online cheating remains a cause for concern, with 96 cyber extortions reported last year.

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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

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Tampa Bay area attorneys say revenge porn more common than most think

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – It often begins as something innocent. Perhaps sending a sensual photo or video to a partner. But, when the person on the receiving end falls out of love, things can turn ugly with one quick click.

In 2015, Florida senator David Simmons was a driving force behind Florida’s first-of-its-kind revenge porn bill.

“With the click of a key, a person can destroy the life of another individual,” said Simmons.

Clearwater attorney Matthew Dolman says revenge porn is much more common than most people think.

“It’s just something done in the heat of the moment, whether it’s just to attract a companion or keep your companion happy,” he said.

For one of his revenge porn clients, he says personal photos are now costing her thousands.

“We’ve hired a forensic expert who does nothing but internet forensics out of Arizona and we’ve had about $14,000 in costs,” said Dolman.

Besides jail time, those convicted can also face monetary damages.

Tampa Bay area attorney Mike Walker explained the end result in his biggest revenge porn case to date.

“We have a really sizable judgment that is following this individual around and until he pays it or satisfies it. He’s going to have trouble buying a house, buying a car or doing anything that requires financing because they’re always going to see that judgment out there,” Walker said.

Despite all the negative consequences, Walker said he finds most people who post revenge porn are not at all regretful.

“In some sick way, they justify what they did based upon what they felt was done to them.”

Anyone convicted here in Florida of posting explicit photos of someone without permission can face a first degree misdemeanor charge. A second time results in a third degree felony and up to five years in prison.

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