Roberta Metsola spearheads EU campaign to stop ‘revenge porn’
“The high profile cases of socalled revenge pornography in Malta, Italy, the United Kingdom and across the EU is symptomatic of a problem that is prevalent in our societies,” Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola said.
“We are seeing case after case of people – young people in particular – who are blackmailed, bullied and tormented because their private photos and videos are shared without their permission, leaving them little or no recourse. It is unacceptable,” said the MEP.
Speaking in Strasbourg, MEP Metsola launched a written declaration on revenge pornography and cyberbullying in the European Parliament. It is supported by MEPs from every major political grouping and from different EU states.
“The sharp rise in people using online and mobile social platforms has unfortunately been accompanied by a sharp rise in bullying and harassment requiring increased efforts to deal with the issue across the Union.
“We know the devastating effects that this crime can have on its victims including severe mental health issues, social stigma and in some cases even suicide. It must be stopped,” Dr Metsola added.
MEPs are calling on member states to take all necessary measures, including criminal sanctions, as well as develop anti-cyberbullying awareness programmes and education tools. They also want to further involve private internet and mobile platforms to stop the dissemination of revenge pornography.