Facebook has lost a legal bid to prevent a year-old girl from suing the company over a naked picture of her that was posted on a "shame page" on the site as an act of revenge. A high court judge in Belfast on Monday rejected Facebook's attempt to have the claim by the girl struck out. She is also taking legal action against the man who allegedly posted the picture in what lawyers claim is the first case of its kind in the UK. A lawyer for the teenager, who cannot be named because of her age, compared the publishing of the photo to a method of child abuse.
Sexting and the Law - Press Send to Turn Teenagers into Registered Sex Offenders
Teens and Mobile Phones | Pew Research Center
The mobile phone has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens. Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, and cell calling is a close second. Those phones have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Among all teens, their frequency of use of texting has now overtaken the frequency of every other common form of interaction with their friends see chart below. Fully two-thirds of teen texters say they are more likely to use their cell phones to text their friends than talk to them to them by cell phone. One in three teens sends more than text messages a day , or texts a month.
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The billionaire banker, 66, pleaded not guilty to an array of sex trafficking charges after prosecutors accused him of abusing girls as young as 14 in a "vast network of underage victims. Epstein - who used to socialise with the likes of Prince Andrew, the Clintons and Donald Trump - appeared in court today to contest the charges. He showed up wearing a blue jail uniform after spending the night at a federal lock-up in Manhattan. He faces up to 45 years in prison if he is found guilty on both counts of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.
EG that a minor can be charged with distribution of child pornography for taking and sending a picture of their intimate areas to another person. The court ruled that the statutory language allowed the charges, and deferred to the way the Legislature has written the law. Unfortunately, this means that, unless the Legislature amends the statute, any minor involved in sexting continues to be at risk of felony charges. However, as the ACLU has explained in a letter to prosecutors in Washington , prosecutors can and should exercise their discretion to avoid treating teen sexting incidents the same as adult exploitation of children.