Haute-Garonne: “revenge porn is a weapon of mass destruction”, according to Gérard Haas, digital law lawyer

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The Parisian lawyer, Gérard Haas, specialized in digital law analyzes the phenomenon of “revenge porn”.

Do you have a lot of files dealing with “revenge porn”?

I would say it’s in waves. Overall, at the firm, we have a file on average every two months. There are many cases on the other hand concerning defamation on the internet or even fake news. It’s a vicious phenomenon revenge porn is based on manipulation, the desire to destroy someone’s image, it’s really the opaque part of the internet.

Do these businesses all start the same way?

Honestly and unfortunately, there is everything. It can be relationships that end badly, a mistress who feels cheated or even children in schools who use these intimate photos to make fun of someone… I have accompanied people living in dramatic situations, the shock is terrible. Especially when it comes to minors, teenagers who have been exposed on the internet. Social networks have this terrible viral effect which increases the damage tenfold. Once a photo is published there are no borders and it can be viewed millions of times in a few moments all over the world. Porn disclosure is a weapon of mass destruction.

Do the courts have the weapons to convict the perpetrators of these acts?

Since the law for the Digital Republic of October 7, 2016, article 226-2-1 makes the dissemination of sexual images without consent a crime. The difficulty in this type of file is to identify the person behind these publications. Often, the authors create false accounts on multiple platforms, so it is sometimes difficult to find the author. Knowing that to lift anonymity on social networks, you need a court order and it is not always easy to obtain. If ever a victim wins the case thanks to the identification of the author, it is also necessary to take another step, that of delisting on these sites and again, it is a long procedure.

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