27-year-old man arrested in connection with defamatory ‘revenge-porn’ site

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adults only message on enter keyA 27-year-old man, named Kevin Bollaert has been arrested in connection with a revenge porn website. Bollaert has been accused of making the site dubbed, ‘UGotPosted’ which allows the publication of intimate images without permission of the featured individual.

The site linked the intimate photographs to the individuals personal social networking accounts.

The website was used not only in a defamatory manner but also as a means to extort money from the people in the photographs by charging them a fee in order to have the picture removed.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement:”Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity.”

The authorities alleged that Mr Bollaert also ran changemyreputation.com, a site that offered services to have pictures from UGotPosted removed for a fee of about $300 (£180).

According to court documents, he is said to have made “around $900 per month from advertising on the site and records obtained from his changemyreputation.com PayPal account indicate that he received payments totalling tens of thousands of dollars”.

Revenge porn sites have typically been difficult to shut down thanks to what many see as outdated laws surrounding the publishing of images.

A common hurdle for law enforcement is the Communications Decency Act, which has been used as a defence for website owners who have found their services being used for hosting or distributing illegal material.

Defendants have repeatedly successfully argued against their charge for hosting revenge porn sites claiming that the crime is perpetrated by the user who uploaded the images, not the owner of the website. However, these sites are clearly sexual harassment as well as a gross breach of privacy.

UGotPosted had up to 10k images and many had contact details including phone numbers, twitter and Facebook pages so that voyeurs could contact the unsuspecting victim.


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