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Fake Agent Gets 40 Years for Extorting Photos From Girls

He threatened to tell their families

(Newser) - A California man who posed as a modeling agent to extort nude photos from young girls across America has been sentenced to almost 40 years in prison—twice as long as he has been alive. Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila, 20, pleaded no contest this week to 38 felony counts, including 16... More »

Man Gets 6 Months in Oregon's First Revenge Porn Sentencing

Says he and his ex were trying to make porn, and that the material was copyrighted

(Newser) - One year after Oregon made revenge porn illegal, the state has handed down its first sentence in a revenge porn case. In June, Benjamin Barber, who is 31, posted pornographic footage of himself with a former partner without his partner's consent to multiple adult sites. Now a jury has... More »

'Revenge Porn' Lawsuit Could Spell Huge Trouble for Facebook

Upcoming nude-photo trial could 'open the floodgates' for similar legal actions

(Newser) - An upcoming trial against Facebook over a "revenge porn" picture of a 14-year-old could prompt an avalanche of similar lawsuits, the Guardian reports. Weeks after a Belfast court rejected Facebook's efforts to stop the lawsuit, many other victims are considering their legal options, media lawyer Paul Tweed told... More »

Woman Kills Herself After Sex Video Goes Viral

4 men being questioned in Italy

(Newser) - An awful story out of Italy, where a 31-year-old woman committed suicide after being tormented for a year over a sex video. Four men, including her ex-boyfriend, are being questioned for their role in posting it online, reports the BBC . The woman, Tiziana Cantone, made the private tape with her... More »

Teen Can Sue Facebook Over Naked Pic: UK Court

Her lawyers say site should've stopped photo from reappearing on 'shame page'

(Newser) - While Facebook refused to allow one of the world's most famous photos of a young naked girl during the Vietnam War, another girl has won the right to sue the social media site for her own nude pic, RT.com reports. A Belfast high court ruled to let the... More »

Michigan Judge Delivers $500K Blow in Revenge-Porn Case

Lawyer says client was 'tormented' for more than a year as she tried to get nude photos offline

(Newser) - Those contemplating getting under an ex's skin by publicizing pictures showing too much skin may want to check this case out of Michigan first. In what's being billed as possibly the state's first "revenge porn" suit to end with a monetary payout, Oakland County Circuit Court... More »

Woman Sends Naked Selfie of Mayor to City's Aldermen

'It's hurtful'

(Newser) - A Mississippi city's aldermen now know a little bit more about their mayor than they probably wanted to. The Clarion-Ledger reports a woman who had been in a romantic relationship with Hernando mayor Chip Johnson sent a naked photo of him—a selfie that he had sent to her—... More »

Ex Speaks Out on Dating George Zimmerman and Topless Photos

'He’s a very charismatic person when you first meet him'

(Newser) - “It’s horrible. It’s very violating." Twitter suspended the account belonging to George Zimmerman on Thursday after he tweeted topless photos of his ex-girlfriend Heather, along with her phone number, her email address, and accusations that she slept with a "dirty Muslim" and stole guns and... More »

Twitter Boots George Zimmerman Over Topless Revenge Pics

'This is Heather. She cheated on me with a dirty Muslim'

(Newser) - Infamous Florida man George Zimmerman has been kicked off Twitter at least temporarily after managing to fit harassment, slut shaming, Islamophobia, misogyny, and bigotry into 140 characters or less. The New York Daily News reports Zimmerman—who was acquitted of killing black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012—tweeted two topless... More »

Teen Could Get Life Over Alleged Nude-Photo Scheme

Cops say Cesar Estrada-Davila posed as a modeling agent

(Newser) - A 19-year-old California man is facing life in prison after allegedly posing as a modeling agent to extort nude and sexually explicit photos and videos from nearly two-dozen underage girls, ABC 7 reports. According to NBC Los Angeles , Cesar Estrada-Davila befriended the girls—ages 12 to 17—on social media,... More »

Court Orders Facebook to ID Revenge-Porn Culprit

Dutch woman sued after sex video was posted

(Newser) - Facebook is sometimes accused of trampling users' privacy, but it soon might have to allow an outsider to go rummaging through its servers. That's the result of a court decision out of the Netherlands today ordering the company to turn over the ID of the person who posted a... More »

Google Will Delete Revenge Porn From Search Results

People will be able to fill out online requests soon

(Newser) - Google is putting its heavy muscle behind the movement to wipe out revenge porn . The company announced yesterday that it would honor requests to remove such images from search results, reports the Christian Science Monitor . Online forms will be available in a matter of weeks. "Our philosophy has always... More »

Revenge-Porn Guy Gets 18 Years

Kevin Bollaert, 28, shows little emotion in San Diego courtroom

(Newser) - The man behind a "revenge porn" website was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in prison for posting thousands of private photos and charging women to have them removed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kevin Bollaert, 28, was convicted last month of 27 felony counts—21 for identity theft and... More »

Revenge Porn Figure Asks Google for Privacy Help

Craig Brittain wants photos, certain web pages removed

(Newser) - Irony alert: A guy who ran a website that trafficked in revenge porn and encouraged men to post unauthorized photos of exes is now asking Google to protect his privacy. Craig Brittain, who ran the website IsAnybodyDown.com before the FTC booted him from the business last month , wants Google... More »

'Net's Most Hated Man' Is Going to Prison

'Revenge porn' pioneer pleads guilty

(Newser) - The man the BBC once called the "Net's most hated man" is facing years behind bars after pleading guilty to several charges involving "revenge porn" site IsAnyoneUp.com. Hunter Moore, 28, pleaded guilty to federal computer hacking and identity theft charges in Los Angeles yesterday and is... More »

Britain: Revenge Porn Is a Crime

Queen Elizabeth signs bill criminalizing publishing private pics

(Newser) - Britons who want to get revenge on an ex by posting explicit images online—so-called "revenge pornography"—can now look forward to a little quality time in the clink. A new bill that makes such action a crime was today approved by Queen Elizabeth II, a formality that... More »

Revenge-Porn Site Founder Guilty on 27 Counts

Calif. man charged women to have photos removed

(Newser) - A San Diego man charged with running a so-called revenge-porn website where people posted nude pictures of their ex-lovers—and then charging the victims to take down the images—has been convicted of 27 felony charges. Kevin Bollaert, 28, was found guilty yesterday of identity theft and extortion and faces... More »

Clicking on Stolen Celeb Photos Is Not Sexual Assault

'Time' columnist: Labeling it so dilutes the real meaning of the term

(Newser) - What has happened to Jennifer Lawrence, McKayla Maroney , and other celebrities who have had their nude photos splashed across the Internet is both criminal and despicable, writes Charlotte Alter at Time . And while it "is an enormous violation of personal privacy and sexual autonomy," it is not "... More »

Woman Sues Facebook in Revenge Porn Case

Says company wouldn't remove bogus photos, seeks $123M

(Newser) - Posting suggestive images of your ex online without permission is a big no-no, and the latest revenge porn lawsuit is going after not just the guy who allegedly did so but Facebook, too. Houston woman Meryem Ali alleges that a friend she met five years ago but doesn't know... More »

Posting Nude 'Revenge' Pics Now a Felony in Arizona

Images can be considered domestic violence

(Newser) - Arizona is the latest state to outlaw so-called "revenge porn," making it a felony to post sexually compromising images of your ex online without her or his consent. Those who post such images, often as a means of humiliating former partners, may face a minimum of six months... More »

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