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Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:35 PM

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to criminalize ‘revenge porn’

Source: Reuters

Technology | Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:30pm EDT

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to criminalize ‘revenge porn’

WASHINGTON | BY DUSTIN VOLZ

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced long-stalled legislation on Thursday that would make it a federal crime to share sexually explicit material of a person online without the subject’s consent.

The "Intimate Privacy Protection Act" is an effort several years in the making to combat the rise in recent years of “revenge porn,” images that are shared on the internet in order to extort or humiliate someone. The practice disproportionately affects women.

“These acts of bullying have ruined careers, families, and even led to suicide,” Representative Jackie Speier, a California Democrat and lead author of the bill, said in a statement.

The legislation would allow fines and up to five years in prison for posting online or distributing sexually explicit photos or videos with “reckless disregard” for the consent of the subject. More than 30 states have enacted similar laws in recent years.

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