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Revenge porn is now a specific crime in the UK

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
April 13, 2015
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Posting revenge porn has always been a bad idea, but the UK is about to make examples of those heartless enough to share nude photos of their exes. As of Monday, the country's Criminal Justice and Court Act treats revenge porn as a specific crime. Publicize racy private images with the "intent to cause distress" and you'll face up to two years in prison. While the law could technically punish this behavior before, the Act is meant to discourage those who otherwise wouldn't get the hint.

That's not the only internet-related measure coming into effect, either. The Act also ups the maximum penalty for trolling to two years in prison, and prevents jurors from researching a case in any way, including online. Simply speaking, the UK is dragging some of its criminal legislation into the internet era -- it's acknowledging that certain kinds of abusive activity are all too commonplace online.

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