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"Prank" D-ck Pics Considered Legal Under Proposed Online Safety Bill

Inside the proposed online safety bill that protects “boys being boys.”

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Leading dating app Bumble partners with public safe space UN Women UK to address current cyber flashing issues.

Unsolicited dick pics are a common issue amongst women, due to the lack of consent. Whether it be from someone you know or a rando on a dating app — we’ve all been there.  The proposed Online Safety Bill should change the status quo, but due to a loophole, this is not yet possible, says professor Clare McGlynn, an expert in cyber flashing research.

 

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According to the proposed bill, “accidental” or “prank” dick pics are allowed as they are not considered to have “harmful intent,” Bumble’s exclusive press release revealed. This is “hard to validate and prove,” it continued. “Not only is it hard to prove, but an intent-based approach also gives room for people, often men, to send unsolicited nude pictures as a joke, over women’s rights to live free of harassment.”

Essentially, the Online Safety Bill unintentionally made the sentiment “boys will be boys,” a valid argument that absolves responsibility. As a result, this leaves women susceptible to unwanted sexual interactions online.

TV personality Amy Hart has also been a victim of cyber flashing. “Since being in the spotlight, I have been a victim of cyber flashing on multiple occasions,” she says. “It is so pervasive that it even happened during my pregnancy. Receiving dick pics that I did not ask for left me feeling extremely vulnerable and powerless at a time when I should have been at my happiest. Sadly, research shows that I am not alone.”

To action change, sign this pledge and shows support for a consent-based approach to cyber flashing.

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