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'Revenge porn' may be outlawed in Britain

Angry lovers who post naked images of former partners on the Internet without their consent could face prosecution in Britain, the justice secretary said on Tuesday.

So-called “ revenge porn” is a growing problem in Britain and the government is open to creating a law against it, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said. 

“The government is very open to having a serious discussion about this with a view to taking appropriate action in the autumn if we can identify the best way of doing so," said Grayling. 

Anger

Several states in the United States have made it a crime to post sexually explicit or nude images of people online without their consent amid growing anger towards websites dedicated to publishing such content, often submitted by ex-partners.

Grayling spoke after several members of parliament called for a change to the law to make the practice a crime.

“The dissemination of these images have ruined lives, destroyed careers and caused untold psychological damage,” read a motion signed by nine MPs, calling for action on the issue.

Source: AFP