UK to draft revenge porn law

People who post explicit images of former partners online could soon face prison time as ministers from the UK are working on a law to counter the increasing threat of "revenge porn."

In the modern times, the rise of smartphones and the internet has given people easier ways to share media online. However, some of these mediums often get used the wrong way. One such rising trend is that of sharing explicit images of ex-lovers for monetary gains, blackmailing or simply to shame the person.

In the UK alone, there have been 149 registered cases of revenge porn which also include offenders as young as 11 years of age. However, there has been no law to treat these offenses. The government has now shown concern, and with the help of a few ministers, will be drafting a law to send offenders to a maximum prison sentence of two years.

According to IBTimes, the new law would be applicable for both online and offline images. It is unclear whether facilitators of such behaviour, such as the one from California, who host websites to make it easy for people to blackmail their exes, will be convicted as well.

Source: IBTimes

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