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One of the many evils that have arisen from social media is sexting and then revenge porn. Sexting is sending nude photos of one’s self via text messages. This became far too popular and has resulted the increased decay of American culture.

From the roots of sexting came revenge porn, the sexting or posting of nude photos of someone else without their consent as act of revenge.  Few things are more embarrassing than to find out there are nude photos of you floating around on the internet for all to see.

Texas passed a law, making revenge porn illegal, but an appeals court struck down the law, claiming it was written too broad.

(Gizmodo) – A state appeals court in Texas has struck down a 2015 revenge porn law, arguing that it was written too broadly and infringed on free speech protections.

The law made it a misdemeanor in the state to post intimate photos of someone online without their consent. Defendants would be charged with up to a year in jail and fined up to $4,000. However, Chief Justice James Worthen ruled on Wednesday that the bill violated First Amendment rights, which prohibits limitations on freedom of expression unless the government has a strong interest in the content.

As the Austin-American Statesman reports, prosecutors disputed this by arguing the government has an interest in ensuring people’s expectations of privacy are protected. But the appeals court ultimately ruled that the law was too broad, punishing unwitting third parties. Worthen cited a person who forwards a nude photo of a stranger, unaware that the person wanted to keep it private, as an example…

The court ruled that the issue of privacy is too vague as many people may not realize the photos are private and therefore, it was a matter of the First Amendment and right to free speech on which the court relied on. Texas plans on asking the court to revisit their ruling and if that doesn’t work, they are prepared to appeal to a higher court. In the meantime, it’s now legal to send or post revenge porn, a sorry commentary of American society.

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