As The Washington Post reports, the Federal Trade Commission broke ground in the fight against revenge porn when they cornered Craig Brittain into a settlement after pointing out that his revenge porn is in fact a business and as such was guilty of unfair business practices, specifically "substantial injury to consumers". Craig Brittain ran a site called Is Anybody Down on which he featured victims' nude photos he had solicited from jilted exes off of sites like craigslist. The FTC's decision creates a landmark avenue for victim's to pursue justice, and is a huge step forward.
And in a delicious twist of areyoukiddingme, Brittain ACTUALLY filed a take down order against Google to get them to remove links to unauthorized photos and information about him. Because he didn't approve of having photos and information about himself posted publicly on the internet. Oh, and as the Post notes he really has no right to do that and will not likely get anywhere with his efforts. Ya know, cause it's really hard to get photos of yourself taken down if you don't own a copyright to them. Yes, let that sink in. And then swirl it around in a glass because that is sweet, sweet justice going down.
This precedent echoes other firm messages being sent to the likes of Hunter Moore and Kevin Bollaert, revenge porn monsters that are now facing between 6 and 20 year jail sentences if convicted. And in a show of support from the internet, Reddit has just announced they will not host non-consensual nude photos. And in a show of one-upmanship that we can really get behind, Twitter also announced they will ban revenge porn photos, but go even further than Reddit by locking the account of the user and requiring them to delete the content before being able to access it again.
And that looks like some serious progress.