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8 April 2020
E-002184/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Pina Picierno, Patrizia Toia, Vera Tax, Irène Tolleret, Elena Kountoura, Elisabetta Gualmini, Karen Melchior, Alessandra Moretti, Radka Maxová, Isabella Adinolfi, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Lina Gálvez Muñoz, Samira Rafaela
 Subject: Measures against revenge porn and online violence

On the 3 April 2020, an Italian online newspaper published a report (1) by journalist Simone Fontana on the biggest revenge porn chat in Italy, which is hosted on the Russian application Telegram.

In just two months, more than 43 000 people have subscribed to the chat, which consists of 21 different channels where men exchange erotic or pornographic pictures and videos of girls without their consent. In some cases, pornographic images and videos of children have been exchanged. The report is extremely shocking and also reveals that some fathers have sent messages in the chat offering to publish stolen naked pictures of their daughters.

Revenge porn has become a widely used method of abuse, violence and harassment towards women and girls and has led to dramatic consequences, such as the suicide of victims whose cases were publicly exposed.

The publication of this shocking article should trigger a faster and more effective response at EU level, given the transnational nature of such networks.

Considering the above, can the Commission clarify:

1. What legislative measures it intends to propose, modify or implement, especially in the short term, to tackle revenge porn?

2. What measures it might propose to better coordinate national provisions against revenge porn and online violence?

(1)https://www.wired.it/internet/web/2020/04/03/revenge-porn-network-telegram/
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