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New Arizona Law Targets 'Revenge Porn'

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Friday targeting so-called “revenge porn.” This is not the first time Arizona has taken a stand against people posting compromising photos of their former partners online.

This new legislation replaces a 2014 law that was put on hold by federal judge, after a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU said the law was unconstitutional and so broad it criminalized artists, news photographers and booksellers. Opponents of the old law worked with Republican Representative J.D. Mesnard to tweak the legislation.

House Bill 2001 now says the images would have to be shared with intent to harm the person in the photos to be guilty of a felony. The measure goes into effect immediately.

 

Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.