Texas Teams with Bumble to Enforce New Law
Beginning September 1st, Texans caught sending unsolicited lewd images of themselves online could face a $500 fine.
The Associated Press reports that the new law banning "cyber flashing was penned by state Rep. Morgan Meyer with the help of the folks at Bumble - a popular dating app that puts more power into the hands of female users.
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe told Mayer people were complaining about being bombarded with unsolicited nude photos on the app, and offenders weren't facing any legal consequences. That all changes Sunday, as the activity will become a Class C misdemeanor. If someone doesn't ask you for those lewd photos, don't send them. That should go without saying, but sadly 21% of women ages 18 to 20 report being sexually harassed online compared to 9% of men in the same age group. (Given the horror stories I hear from my female friends, the number of women receiving unwanted nudes is probably substantially higher.)
Now that Texas has a law in place, the folks at Bumble say they're taking legislative proposals to the federal level.