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First Case Filed Under NYC's New Revenge Porn Law

• https://motherboard.vice.com, Joseph Cox

On Friday, in what appears to be the first related case after New York City's recently passed revenge porn legislation, lawyers filed a complaint against users of Tumblr for allegedly sharing non-consensual, intimate images on the massive blogging platform.

The news not only shows what sort of recourse New Yorkers may be able to follow if they fall victim to revenge porn, but also highlights the role of technology companies in curbing the spread of offending material.

"Right now it can take days, weeks, or longer for Tumblr to get around to removing the material I've reported. Tumblr needs to stop feigning ignorance and start taking proactive steps to remove offending content and delete accounts that upload it," Dr. Spring Chenoa Cooper, associate professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), and the Plaintiff in the case, told Motherboard in an email.

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