Feminist Fanatic’s Revenge Porn Bill Will Aim To Criminalize Websites

Feminist Fanatic’s Revenge Porn Bill Will Aim To Criminalize Websites

At TechDirt, Mike Masnick reports on the feminist fanatic who wants to destroy the internet as we know it.  Mary Anne Franks, who interned under Catharine MacKinnon, has also attacked porn — 

My own representative in Congress, Jackie Speier, has apparently decided to introduce a federal “revenge porn” bill, which is being drafted, in part, by Prof. Mary Anne Franks, who has flat out admitted that her goal is to undermine Section 230 protections for websites (protecting them from liability of actions by third parties) to make them liable for others’ actions. Now, I’ve never written about Franks before, but the last time I linked to a story about her in a different post, she went ballistic on Twitter, attacking me in all sorts of misleading ways. So, let me just be very clear about this. Here’s what she has said:

“The impact [of a federal law] for victims would be immediate,” Franks said. “If it became a federal criminal law that you can’t engage in this type of behavior, potentially Google, any website, Verizon, any of these entities might have to face liability for violations.”

That makes it clear her intent is to undermine Section 230 and make third parties — like “Google, any website, Verizon… face liability.”

Now, her retort to all of this is likely that she’s not seeking to undermine Section 230 in any way. Rather, she’s attempting to do something of an end-run around it. Section 230 has never protected sites from liability of federal crimes — just civil infractions and state crimes. So her goal is to make the amorphous concept of “revenge porn” a “federal crime” thereby suddenly making third-party websites liable. She will argue that does nothing to undermine Section 230. A more reasoned and thoughtful look at the issue, however, shows how this effort is fraught with dangerous consequences and potential First Amendment problems.

Catharine MacKinnon and Professor Mary Anne Franks. (Photo: Catharine Skipp/Miami Law)
Catharine MacKinnon and Professor Mary Anne Franks. (Photo: Catharine Skipp/Miami Law)

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  3. Ernest Greene   April 5, 2014 1:23 pm at 1:23 PM

    I’m no fan of revenge porn, but as soon as it hit the headlines I knew it would be weaponized by the gang stirring up the current sex panic for their own political purposes.

    Sure enough …

     
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  4. crunkleschwitz   April 5, 2014 8:22 pm at 8:22 PM

    These revenge porn laws are way to vague, and rife for abuse. According to some of the laws I read, you could be charged with a felony for taking a pic from say BangBus and posting it on a message board or tumblr. It is ridiculous.

    Plus, if yer actually trying to shame an ex, all you gotta do is drop some complaints on Facebook about your phone being stolen, then upload the pics via proxy, and they can’t pin anything on you. Or go through tor, or drive around town until you find an unsecure wifi connection.

    In conclusion, feminists shouldn’t be helping write these laws. Perverts should be in on it, so we can poke holes via scenarios like I mentioned.

     
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