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Online Forum Openly Facilitates ‘Revenge Porn’ Activity

Accusations against the online forum website, MaleGeneral, claim that it is being used for revenge porn, in particular, sharing gay men’s nude pictures without consent.

The website encourages users to share x-rated photos of random guys, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends and hookup app screenshots along with comments about the person in the picture of which other website users can add their own comment or picture to the thread. This feature allows people to post images and personal information including peoples full names and social media accounts to the site.

From what we are lead to believe, people can request images and information be removed from the site, however, this requires the person to identify themselves by submitting a photo holding a sign with their personal information on it. If they get the sign wrong in any way, the site uses the submitted photo to further shame the victim.

The public shaming across the site is often cruel and deeply personal.

“Have messaged with him multiple times on Scruff here in DC, definitely comes off as a tool/full of himself. That hairline isn’t doing him any favours as he ages…” writes an anonymous who posted to the site yesterday along with a screenshot of the strangers d*ck pic to the site.

A 2017 study by the Data and Research Institute and the Centre for Innovative Public Health Research in the U.S. found that internet users who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual were more likely to fall victim of non-consensual image sharing (revenge porn) than straight people.

The study was undertaken on internet users 15 years and older and included over 3,000 respondents. In the study, 15 percent of those who identified as LGBT said someone had threatened to share a nude or nearly nude photo or video of them without their permission, with only two percent of heterosexual respondents claiming to be victims of ‘revenge porn’.

The age group most susceptible are people between 18 and 29, with both men and women experiencing it on equal levels.

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