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Revenge porn: think before you send

By BzBarlow 06 Feb 2018

Has anyone ever asked you to send them a risqué photo?

One huge problem we have in recent times is the hacking and publishing of photos online, aka ‘revenge porn’. ‘Revenge porn’ is when sexually explicit videos or images of someone are published online without their knowledge or consent. 

In a recent landmark battle against her former boyfriend, YouTube star, Chrissy Chambers has sued for harassment, breach of confidence and misuse of private information after he shared videos of her on the internet. 

Bringing to light the growing problem, Chrissy spoke out about the issue:

“For anyone who has been living in fear of revenge porn used against you, there has never been a better time to come forward.” 

Similarly, in Belfast, a 14-year-old girl has sued Facebook for alleging the misuse of private information, negligence and breaches of the Data Protection Act. 

This case is the first time the social giant has been held responsible alongside the person who posted the image in the first place.   

This is a problem that’s not going away but it does mean it’s always very important to really consider sending that risqué photo beforehand. 

  1. You could accidentally send it to the wrong person
    We've all sent a text to the wrong person before, so imagine how incredibly awkward it would be for the text to include a risky picture too?
  2. Your mum, friend or boss might see it
    By leaving your phone lying around you risk it being picked up and before you know it, they've seen EVERYTHING. And if you leave it in public your photos are the first place to look to identify who the phone belongs to...
  3. Think of the group chats
    Once the picture is sent, it is completely out of your control what happens next. Friendship groups all have WhatsApp chats so it's likely your picture will be shared with their mates too. 
  4. What happens if you have an argument?
    How do you know if the person you've sent it to won't get angry and send it to people you know or post it on social media? Exactly. Once that picture/video has been sent, you don't know where it'll end up.

Please be careful when it comes to sending photos and if someone has trusted you with a photo, NEVER pass it on.

 

 

BzBarlow is part of the Browzer team and loves to bake.
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