Lawmakers Approve Bills Expanding Revenge Porn Ban

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers approved two bills that would expand a state ban on so-called revenge porn.

The Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved SB1255 by Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres. It clarifies that the ban on sharing intimate photos by former lovers without consent includes "selfies," or pictures taken by the victim.

It passed 75-0 and goes to the Senate.

The Senate also passed AB2643 by Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski of Fremont. It allows victims of such crimes to sue for damages using a pseudonym.

Under current law, it is a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation. The penalty is up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

AB2643 passed 36-0.


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