Obscenity, Revenge Pornography, and Cyberbullying
The development of electronic communication technology and social media tools opened the door for criminal and civil litigation in a variety of areas including defamation, privacy, and intellectual property, as this book has suggested. Many of the early developments in cyberspace law related to the availability and regulation of sexually explicit content on the Internet. In 2004, one researcher testied before Congress, likening Internet pornography to illegal drugs:
Congressional interest in regulating sexually explicit content-including obscenity and pornography-on the Internet pre-dates the development of social media and even the aforementioned 2004 legislative hearing.3 However, those eorts largely inform current attempts to proscribe cyberbullying and the transmission of sexually explicit content resulting from the use of social media.