Man banned from posting nude photos on the Internet after running revenge porn website (video)By Mason White 5:32 PM March 2, 2015
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(Scroll down for video) A man who ran a revenge porn website, was ordered to delete all the images he posted online and was banned from publishing any new nude photos, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said.
The FTC’s complaint against 28-year-old Craig Brittain, alleges that he used deception to acquire and post intimate images of women, then referred them to another website he controlled, where they were told they could have the pictures removed if they paid hundreds of dollars.
“This behavior is not only illegal but reprehensible,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
“I am pleased that as a result of this settlement, the illegally collected images and information will be deleted, and this individual can never return to the so-called ‘revenge porn’ business,” Rich added.
According to the FTC’s complaint, Brittain acquired the images in a number of ways, such as by posing as a woman on the advertising site Craigslist, and offering nude photos purportedly of himself in exchange for photos provided by women.
When women provided him with the photos, Brittain posted them on his site without their knowledge or permission.
In addition to collecting and posting the images himself, Brittain solicited viewers of his site to anonymously submit nude photos of people to his site, according to the complaint.
He required submissions to include sensitive personal information about the people in the photos, including their full name, town and state, phone number and Facebook profile.
The complaint also alleged that Brittain offered a “bounty system” on his site, wherein users could offer a reward of at least $100 in exchange for other users finding pictures and information about a specific person.
Overall, Brittain’s site included photos of more than 1,000 individuals, according to the complaint.
Women whose photographs and information were posted on the site, contacted Brittain to have the information removed, citing the potential harms to their careers and reputations.
In addition, women cited unwelcome contact from strangers who had discovered their information on Brittain’s site.
The complaint notes that in many cases, Brittain did not respond to the women’s requests to remove the information.
In fact, the complaint alleges that Brittain’s site advertised content removal services under the name “Takedown Hammer” and “Takedown Lawyer” that could delete consumers’ images and content from the site in exchange for a payment of $200 to $500.
Despite presenting these as third-party services, the complaint alleges that the sites for these services were owned and operated by Brittain.
Under the terms of the settlement, Brittain is required to permanently delete all of the images and other personal information he received during the time he operated the site.
He will also be prohibited from publicly sharing intimate videos or photographs of people without their affirmative express consent, as well as being prohibited from misrepresenting how he will use any personal information he collects online.