A recent court ruling on v Hollie Toups, Et Al. reveals the thorny legal issues involved for victims seeking redress in cases of “revenge porn.” Yet, that is not the only form of online shaming. Take, for example, the Facebook group calling itself “Women Who Eat on Tubes.” This group—armed with nearly 27,000 members—looks for contributors to send in photos and corollary stories of women eating food while on London’s public rail transportation. Part of the protocol for posting such photos is to include the time of day the photo was taken and on which rail line. This Privacy Perspectives post examines the online shaming of both strangers and exes, how it disproportionately affects women and how narrowly crafted law can help maintain, rather than hinder, a free, fair and open Internet.
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