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This gay ‘revenge porn’ site takes cruel to a whole new level

A 2017 study from the Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that 1 in 25 Americans say they’ve been confronted and/or threatened with revenge porn, with LGBTQ people being the most targeted group of victims. 15% of LGBTQ people reported being threatened with revenge porn, and 7% reported having the threat carried out.

MaleGeneral is a revenge porn site that encourages users to share x-rated photos of random guys, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, Grindr hookups, et cetera that were never intended for public consumption. Many of the photos also include detailed personal information about the men, including their full names and social media accounts.

Though the website does accept takedown requests, it doesn’t make it easy for people. First, it requires them to identify themselves by submitting a photo holding a sign with their personal information on it. If they get the sign wrong in any way, the site uses the submitted photo to further shame the victim.

Horrible, right? But wait. It gets worse.

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People who submit takedown requests are referred to as “turds,” “idiots,” and “morons.” And those who don’t follow all of MaleGeneral’s very specific instructions for submitting a takedown request risk having their names and contact information published on the site.

Isn’t this, like, illegal? you wonder.

It is and it isn’t. 38 states have outlawed revenge porn, or the sharing of nonconsensual pornography with the intent to harm, but Congress has yet to criminalize it nationally.

“It is possible that posting these images may be a criminal offense under the so-called ‘Revenge Porn’ law,” Alex Haydock, a legal assistant at Open Rights Group, tells Dazed, “but that would require intent to cause the victim distress, which is difficult to prove.”

“Laws around harassment and copyright may apply in some circumstances, but this still leaves some room for people to share explicit images without permission.”

One man by the name of Jack says he was horrified when he found his private photos on MaleGeneral.

“I was disgusted,” he recalls. “I was never ashamed because I knew a lot of people do send photos like that, it was just unfortunate it was me that all this happened to.”

Jack says the site can also be dangerous for minors.

“I actually saw a post of a guy who was under the age of 18,” he says. “I didn’t know who it was. A comment was posted anonymously which said ‘Delete this quick, he isn’t of age’, so that alone shows teens are also involved.”

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h/t: Dazed