Revenge porn will be explicitly outlawed in the UK

I’m weary of the government legislating laws, a law would be used and misused as a sledge hammer, or an axe .

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The U.K. government is set to make so-called “revenge porn” – the public sharing of someone’s private sexual images without consent, in the hope of upsetting them – explicitly illegal.

Such activity is already arguably an offense under at least two U.K. laws, but the government is now planning to add an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (which is wending its way through the parliamentary approval process) to specifically target revenge porn. The amendment will cover the posting of revenge porn on social networks and other websites, and its sharing via text message, email or physical distribution.

The maximum sentence under the new law will be two years (the same as for severe online trolling), though a sentence of up to 14 years can already await someone convicted of a sexual offense under current legislation.

“The fact that there are individuals who are cruelly distributing intimate…

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