Posting of “revenge porn” is now a crime in the United Kingdom, carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison. The new law defines the crime as posting “private, sexual images of someone without consent and with the intent to cause distress,” according to The Telegraph.
It has already been possible to convict people of similar behavior under existing UK law, so the new law is more about sending a message than anything else. In November, a 21-year-old Briton became the first “revenge porn” convict in that country, receiving a 12-week jail sentence for sharing photos of his ex-girlfriend on WhatsApp.
In February, a 14-year-old was convicted after selling pictures of his ex-girlfriend for £10 ($14.64). News reports on his case don’t specify the punishment.
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