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Tooting resident launches #NotYourPorn campaign

Tooting resident launches #NotYourPorn campaign

2019-07-11 
| by Tooting Daily PRSS | Posted in News
Kate Isaacs
Kate Isaacs
 

Tooting resident Kate Isaacs is campaigning against the use of non-consensual videos and images (known as Revenge Porn) being used on porn websites after a friend of hers had her iCloud account hacked, and explicit videos of her were uploaded to a porn site – which ended up going viral.

After trying to get it pulled down from the site, she came across an entire genre dedicated to revenge porn, labelled ‘leaked sex tapes’.

Kate says: “Revenge porn is being actively used and publicised on porn websites (which are also UK regulated companies) without the consent of the subject(s) in the videos / photos used.

“Currently, there is no regulation around the commercialised porn industry uploading stolen content without any consent from the subject(s) in the video or photos. In the UK, we’re seeing a trend of iCloud accounts being hacked, or private images being shared and uploaded to porn websites. This stolen content is then marketed through the ‘leaked sex tape’ genre within porn websites, who then go on to make a profit through advertising sales.

“MindGeek own around 80% of the commercialised porn industry - with websites such as Pornhub, YouPorn and RedTube. They have offices in London, and are UK registered but actively show and profit from Revenge Porn involving unwilling participants. There is no process of asking if the subject(s) of the video have provided consent before the videos are uploaded, nor is there an age check – leaving the websites open to profiting from child pornography.

“We no longer can ignore that the porn industry is not only allowing this content to be uploaded, but promoted through a specific ‘genre’ – leaked sex tapes.

“The effect this has on the lives of Revenge Porn victims are made significantly worse after being featured on these porn websites. They often can go viral in less than 24 hours, stacking up millions of views from across the globe – all without their consent or knowledge. Despite being illegal in the UK as of 2015, the Revenge Porn laws have not extended to the porn industry world. Although they claim to work quickly when the subject(s) of a video has asked for the video to be removed, by that point the video could have already gained millions of shares and downloads.

“The #NotYourPorn campaign exists to raise awareness of this massive issue, highlighting that viewing “leaked sex tapes” (illegal stolen content) without the consent of the subject(s) in the video is not only wrong, but a complete violation of privacy. We are also campaigning for the government to take action to ensure the porn industry is held to account, and ensure that regulation is put in place for the porn industry to require explicit consent from the subject(s) of the video, including age verification, before being uploaded to their websites.

“In response to the Government’s decision to ask the law commission to examine revenge porn laws, we welcome their move but we need to see more of a commitment to regulating the porn industry from profiting from Revenge Porn content.”

The #NotYourPorn campaign is currently working with Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Ministers to call for tighter laws surrounding porn websites distributing Revenge Porn and Child Pornography. The petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/257439. Follow the campaign on Twitter at https://twitter.com/notyourporn.  

 


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