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Calif. Governor Brown signs anti-revenge porn bill

October 2, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The growing issue of so-called revenge porn is being addressed in California by a new law.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill outlawing the practice of people posting naked photos of their exes after bitter breakups.

The law, which takes effect immediately, makes it 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.

Bill sponsor Sen. Anthony Cannella says revenge porn is a growing problem in the age of social media, when photos and videos that were made privately during a relationship can find their way onto hundreds of websites.

The American Civil Liberties Union had opposed the bill, arguing it might restrict free speech rights, which has been a concern in other states as well.

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