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Revenge Porn

In just a few clicks, a person's life can change. A photo or a video of a pornographic nature can be posted on social networks without the victim's consent. If one could think that revenge porn was born with the emergence of the Internet and social networks, it is not so. In the 1980s, an American magazine will make the headlines. The Hustler Beaver Hunt, a famous pornographic magazine on the other side of the Atlantic, published photographs of models taken without their knowledge by readers of the magazine.


Over the years, the practice will become simpler. The publication of a photo, a video, or a sound recording of a pornographic nature without the consent of the person is particularly easy. Today, in the space of 10 minutes, a photograph can be re-shared dozens of times on networks such as Twitter or Snapchat. According to the different cases studied by specialists, this phenomenon is often triggered following a separation and finds its origin in a desire to humiliate the other. A lightning speed with devastating damage.


In Moroccan law, although no text incriminates it as such, revenge porn can be assimilated to certain offenses, although it does not legally fit with the qualification of one of them. According to Fatna Sarehane, professor of law at Hassan II University, this is notably the case of invasion of privacy by insult and defamation (articles 442 and following of the Penal Code and articles 47 and 48 of the Press Code), blackmail (article 530 of the Penal Code), or simply sexual harassment (Article 503-1 of the Penal Code). Also, revenge porn presents another difficulty, namely that the author of the facts can benefit from the anonymity provided by the publication medium (masked telephone number or false e-mail address).




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