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Behind the Screen
How Platform-Specific Policy affects Consumer Behaviour of
Non-Consensual Pornography
L I L L I A N S. R...
What is
Revenge
Porn?
www.endrevengeporn.com
What is
Revenge
Porn?
www.urbandictionary.com
What is
Revenge
Porn?
www.cybercivilrights.com
What is
Nonconsensual
Pornography
Legal Journals
Criminalizing Revenge Porn:
● Harassment defense
● The copyright defense
● Right to be forgotten defense
Sc...
How do users interact with
nonconsensual
pornographic content?
?
Methods
● 20 Posts* from MyEX.com (November 2015)
● 20 photo posts from non-consensual porn subreddits
(November 2015)
○ 1...
MyEx.com
● No user accounts or
peer-to-peer interaction
● All content passed through a
moderator
● Actively encourages use...
MyEx.com
● “Doxxing”: 18 of 20 posts
○ Phone number, social media accounts, addresses
● Violent language: 75% of posts
○ S...
Reddit
● Has a reputation for being lenient with offensive content
○ Content of Subreddits controlled largely by users tho...
Finding One: Community Interaction
MyEx: Yelling into the Void Reddit: Reddiquette as community standard
Finding One: Community Interaction
MyEx.com: Highlighting unintended exposure
Reddit: Users calling each other out for not...
Finding Two: Relationship between poster and subject
● no personal relationship between photo subject and poster
● no capt...
Finding Two: Relationship between poster and subject
Expected behaviour from literature: a
community providing validation ...
Finding Three: Community Ethical Guidelines
Reddit
● Ethical guidelines driven by
the community, what users
feel uncomfort...
Finding Three: What Right?
Reddit
● Right of the subject
● Respect for subject’s right to privacy
MyEx.com
● Right of the ...
Questions?
?
Behind the Screen: How Platform-Specific Policy Affects Consumer Behaviour of Non-Consensual Pornography
Behind the Screen: How Platform-Specific Policy Affects Consumer Behaviour of Non-Consensual Pornography
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Behind the Screen: How Platform-Specific Policy Affects Consumer Behaviour of Non-Consensual Pornography

  1. 1. Behind the Screen How Platform-Specific Policy affects Consumer Behaviour of Non-Consensual Pornography L I L L I A N S. R I G L I N G North Carolina State University Libraries A M E L I A C L A R K S O N University of Toronto
  2. 2. What is Revenge Porn? www.endrevengeporn.com
  3. 3. What is Revenge Porn? www.urbandictionary.com
  4. 4. What is Revenge Porn? www.cybercivilrights.com
  5. 5. What is Nonconsensual Pornography
  6. 6. Legal Journals Criminalizing Revenge Porn: ● Harassment defense ● The copyright defense ● Right to be forgotten defense Scholarly Literature ● Who is posting this content? ● Why?
  7. 7. How do users interact with nonconsensual pornographic content? ?
  8. 8. Methods ● 20 Posts* from MyEX.com (November 2015) ● 20 photo posts from non-consensual porn subreddits (November 2015) ○ 10 from OnOff ○ 10 from PhotoPlunder ● Policy documents from Reddit & MyEX.com (November 2015) *photos of men were excluded from the study
  9. 9. MyEx.com ● No user accounts or peer-to-peer interaction ● All content passed through a moderator ● Actively encourages users to include personal, identifying information
  10. 10. MyEx.com ● “Doxxing”: 18 of 20 posts ○ Phone number, social media accounts, addresses ● Violent language: 75% of posts ○ Sexual violence ○ Physical violence ● Racial slurs ● Underage content
  11. 11. Reddit ● Has a reputation for being lenient with offensive content ○ Content of Subreddits controlled largely by users though the site does have some posting guidelines and Reddiquette ● Surprisingly difficult to find conventional revenge porn ○ Found-images without identifying information or harassment ● New behaviour: self-policing ○ Perhaps thanks to new Privacy Policy
  12. 12. Finding One: Community Interaction MyEx: Yelling into the Void Reddit: Reddiquette as community standard
  13. 13. Finding One: Community Interaction MyEx.com: Highlighting unintended exposure Reddit: Users calling each other out for not following community guidelines
  14. 14. Finding Two: Relationship between poster and subject ● no personal relationship between photo subject and poster ● no captions with stories of betrayal ● little or no commentary calling for vengeful action against deserving “sluts” ● community based on appreciation of photos of anonymous, scantily-clad women Reddit
  15. 15. Finding Two: Relationship between poster and subject Expected behaviour from literature: a community providing validation and acceptance Actual behaviour: ridicule and shame by association MyEx.com
  16. 16. Finding Three: Community Ethical Guidelines Reddit ● Ethical guidelines driven by the community, what users feel uncomfortable with ● Consumption without intent to harm deemed ethical MyEx.com ● Moderators control posting and removal ● Ethical guidelines driven by legality ● Potential for extortion
  17. 17. Finding Three: What Right? Reddit ● Right of the subject ● Respect for subject’s right to privacy MyEx.com ● Right of the consumer ● Aggressively defends right to consume
  18. 18. Questions? ?

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