AUSTIN, TX — (08-31-19) — The Texas State Legislature has banned people from sending nude pics of themselves in cyberspace and has issued a major fine for offenders.

Texas has teamed up with Austin-based Bumble Dating App to crack down on people who send unsolicited nude pics on dating apps and blog chat boards in cyberspace.

The state’s new law banning the practice of “cyber flashing” comes after dating app company Bumble, lobbied for action to stop the practice.

The new law that makes electronically transmitted images of sexually explicit material a Class C misdemeanor that comes with a fine of up to $500 if the person who received the nude pics didn’t give consent, went into effect today, Saturday, August 31.

 Texas and Bumble App Target “Cyber Fishing” in new Law

Texas state Rep. Morgan Meyer,  said that app users have filed complaints with the dating app Bumble over constantly receiving unwanted sexually explicit pics.  Bumble “realized there was no recourse but to do something about it at the state level” said Meyer.

Bumble app Chief of Staff Caroline Ellis Roche, said the company plans to take the legislation to the federal level.

States including California and Vermont have laws criminalizing the electronic messaging of lewd content, but most of them are linked to the sender’s intentions.

Another organization Match Group, known for owning multiple dating app companies, helped get passed legislation in California and Vermont to make cyber fishing a major crime. The California legislation requires all online dating platforms to post safety tips, while Vermont’s requires that dating app platforms notify users of people who have abused the dating apps.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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