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Rob Kardashian's revenge porn is social media's latest headache

Rob Kardashian's revenge porn is social media's latest headache
From Engadget - July 11, 2017

He first took to Instagram to show his more than nine million followers naked pictures of her, which based on his captions came as a knee-jerk reaction to Chyna sleeping with another man in their home. Within minutes, Instagram not only took his original posts down, but also suspended his account -- and it's still not active as of this writing. But Kardashian was not done. After his first posts on Instagram, he then moved on to Twitter to continue the mission of shaming his ex and the mother of his child, Dream. Kardashian posted a few more nude images of Chyna there, along with a string of tweets detailing problems in their relationship.

As for Chyna, she said on Good Morning America that she was devastated, naturally: "This is a person that I trusted. I felt comfortable, you know, with even sending these pictures and even talking to him about certain things." Later on Monday, she appeared in a Los Angeles court, where she was granted a restraining order on Kardashian, who was ordered by the judge to not post any photos of her, their daughter or Chyna's other kid on any of his social media accounts.

Oddly enough, unlike Instagram, Twitter removed the tweets containing naked photos of Chyna, but chose to leave his account active. When asked why the company did not shut down Kardashian's account, a Twitter spokesperson told Engadget that it does not "comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons." According to its hateful conduct policy, "The consequences for violating our rules vary depending on the severity of the violation and the person's previous record of violations. For example, we may ask someone to remove the offending tweet before they can tweet again. For other cases, we may suspend an account."

It seems the only reason Kardashian's Twitter is still active is because he has not violated its terms of service before. Otherwise it's unclear what the company's argument could be. The problem with Twitter's ToS is that it's still vague and, more importantly, does not excuse the fact it took 30 minutes to address a revenge porn case on its platform -- especially on a high-profile account with over 7 million followers. While Twitter has been getting better about dealing with harassment and hateful conduct recently, Kardashian's case shows that the company still needs to keep improving its efforts.

Last year, for example, the company permanently banned one of its most offensive users, former Breitbart Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, but that was only after he spearheaded a trolling campaign against Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones. Meanwhile, Instagram says that it values "maintaining a safe and supportive space for our community and we work to remove reported content that violates our guidelines." Based on Instagram's terms of use, Kardashian clearly broke the rules when he shared images that were supposed to be intimate, and to its credit the company did the right thing by immediately suspending his account. Above all, though he also broke California's criminal revenge porn law, Penal Code Section 647(j)(4) PC, which states that anyone who violates the following is guilty of a disorderly conduct offense, "a misdemeanor":

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