Sending unsolicited ‘dick pics’ is now a crime in the UK

Is this the end of “dick pics” on social networks? Cyberflashing, where unsolicited obscene photos are sent to strangers online, is unfortunately a daily occurrence for many users. An act that is now a criminal offense in England and Wales.

Cyber ​​flashing is finally being recognized as serious as showing off in real life. “The upcoming online security law will oblige tech companies to prevent their platforms from being used to commit nefarious acts of cyberflashing. We will put all our weight on those who commit this horrendous behavior.”said Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in Boris Johnson’s UK government.

Criminals can face up to two years in prison for sending a “dick pic”, these unsolicited photos of male sex. Other measures are expected to be unveiled as part of the new version of the online security law, said the guard

Fighting online hate

This law will force social networks to better moderate the fight against illegal and inappropriate content, for both underage and adult users. Platforms will also need to tackle scams to better protect their users, while porn sites will need to ensure that the ages of their visitors are better verified.

In addition to unsolicited indecent photos, hateful messages will also appear in the viewfinder. Hate attacks, false bomb threats and other threatening messages are also covered by this online security law. A real step forward in the fight against cyberbullying that has exploded in recent years, between the multiplicity of social networks and the health crisis that has increased screen time.

Platforms that do not comply with the law can be fined up to 10% of worldwide turnover by Ofcom, the communications regulator.

(ETX Daily Up)

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