California Outlaws ‘Revenge Porn’ in First-of-its-Kind Legislation

Those who engage in “revenge porn” — humiliating ex-romantic partners online — now face jail time and fines under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Under the bill by Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), those convicted of illegally distributing private images with the intent to harass or annoy face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Cannella contended that without the law, authorities have had “no tools to combat revenge porn or cyber-revenge.” Electronically distributing or posting nude pictures of an ex-romantic partner on the Internet after a breakup to shame the person in public is, he said, “destroying people’s lives.”

The bill that Brown signed into law on Tuesday, SB 255, takes effect immediately.

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