Bill Adds ‘Selfies’ To California Revenge Porn Ban

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Legislation that updates California’s ban on so-called revenge porn to clarify that it includes “selfies,” or pictures taken by the victim, has passed the Senate.

SB1255 by Sen. Anthony Cannella follows his legislation last year, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

That made 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.

Cannella, a Republican from Ceres, has said revenge porn is a growing problem in the age of social media, when private photos and videos can find their way onto the Internet.

The Senate approved SB1255 on a 34-0 vote Tuesday, sending it to the Assembly.

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