Article by Pierre Zarokian
The FTC and Nevada have charged the revenge porn site: MyEx.com, which urged users to “Add an Ex” and “Submit Pics and Stories of Your Ex” for ratings. The results of the lawsuits are finally in, and the site is now forced to shut down.
The site charged users anywhere from $500 to $2800 to remove their images and content from the website, which was open for public comment and scrutiny. The site often included full names, dates of birth, email addresses and other contact information for the victims.
MyEx.com used what are undoubtedly reprehensible tactics in order to cause real harm to individuals posted on it. Some of these people lost jobs, relationships and ended up with a ruined life because they couldn’t pay the fees or the content was reposted. These intimate images were never meant to be shared, and have made some people the victim of threats and harassment. Sometimes the site featured posts of cheaters, that maybe deserved to be outed, but including nude images was definitely not OK by laws in most US States. Some of these types of sites are actually known as “cheater websites.”
Many did pay the fee to get their content removed, and an FTC settlement prevents the site’s owner, Nei Infante, from ever posting intimate pics or personally identifiable information to the web again. The $205,000 judgment will award victims who paid into the site for takedown fees. Infante is also permanently banned from serving as an operating office for any company.
If you were one of the many affected by this horrible site, take proactive charge of your online profile. Get a full audit of your web presence and see what other harmful content exists and get it removed.