Social Media and Disclosure of Private Images

Currently, almost everybody is in some type of social media such as Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Social media gives you the ability to post anything online, from your thoughts to strategies and images; there is no limit as to what you can post online. However, the most important question is whether all this is okay or not.

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These days, the law has become very strict on people who post other people’s images online without their consent. The first person who found themselves on the wrong side of the law was a 20-year-old girl from Apex, North Carolina on April 1, 2016. The girl was arrested and charged for breaking the law called “Disclosure of Private Parts.”  The most serious part is that she had to pay a $3000 bail amount and with no money, she had to seek the help of a bail bondsman.

The legislation was passed by the General Assembly back in 2016. It is this law that made posting such images a Class H Felony and this gave the victims the option of suing the perpetrators for damages. The law that came into effect back on December 1, 2016, made it a Class H Felony for an individual to post explicit videos or photos of another individual without their consent. The law also considered the plight of minors and made posting explicit photos by anyone less than 18 years a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Although most people remain thankful to the legislators for taking the right action to protect victims of such issues, including revenge pornography, some legal professionals think that criminalizing it is against the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. A licensed bail bondsman is the only way you can get out of jail quickly and easily if you find yourself in such a situation.

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