acebook Fights Against “Revenge Porn” Posters, But May Not Back Anti-Revenge Porn Legislation

 padlock_blue_whiteFacebook said this week that while it is intent on targeting users who post so-called “revenge porn,” the site has yet to review and take a position on legislation currently in Congress that would criminalize the act.

“Revenge porn” is the practice of posting intimate or sexually explicit images of someone on the Internet without their consent. A bill currently working its way through Congress would make posting these images illegal, and hold tech companies like Facebook responsible if it did not remove the pictures fast enough. That might explain why Facebook has not yet reviewed or endorsed the law. However, Facebook recently worked with California’s attorney general to establish “best practices” to remove revenge porn content, and the site also vowed to “promote tools to fight” it.

“We do not tolerate revenge porn on Facebook, and we have reporting folks that do allow people to report and to take it down, and we do support the criminalization for people who post that non-consensual content,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety. “I think we really focus in on the people who are actually sharing those images without the consent of another person and on that behavior.”

While it’s helpful that Facebook wants to go after each individual revenge porn poster, hopefully the site can get on the same page with legislators and make it an actual crime.