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Bill Would Crack Down on "Revenge Porn"

This is when explicit photos shared during a relationship are later posted to Internet

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    Bill Would Crack Down on "Revenge Porn"
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    The Vermont House is expected to pass a bill cracking down on so-called 'revenge porn,' when explicit photos shared during an intimate relationship are later posted to the Internet.

    The bill, which got preliminary approval on Tuesday and is up for final action Wednesday, would allow prosecutors to pursue people who post explicit content without the subject's consent and impose penalties of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

    Allen Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, has voiced concern that the bill criminalizes certain types of speech.

    Rep. Kesha Ram, a Burlington Democrat and lead sponsor of the bill, says some social media sites are taking their own steps to remove revenge porn.

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