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Jerry Brown signs 'Revenge Porn 2.0 Act'

One year after signing California’s ban on so-called “revenge porn,” Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation expanding on the bill to include “selfies,” his office announced Tuesday.

Existing law makes it a misdemeanor to post private, graphic pictures or footage of someone online with the intention of humiliating them.

Senate Bill 1255, by Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, expands the prohibition to include sexually explicit images that are meant to be private, regardless who created the image.

Cannella’s office called the bill the “Revenge Porn 2.0 Act.”

Brown also signed Assembly Bill 2643, by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, that permits a person whose sexually explicit image is posted online without his or her consent to bring a civil action against the person posting the image.

Wieckowski said in a prepared statement that “this type of cyber retaliation is an increasingly common tactic used to humiliate and harass victims, especially women. This legislation attacks this reprehensible behavior by creating a clear path for a civil remedy.”

The Democratic governor signed the measures without comment. They are among several Brown announced action on Tuesday, as he works to meet a midnight deadline to act on bills passed by lawmakers during the final days of the 2013-14 session.

Among other measures, Brown signed Senate Bill 1019, which requires upholstered furniture to include a label indicating whether it has added flame retardant chemicals.

The bill’s author, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said in a prepared statement that Brown’s approval of the bill “is a huge victory for California consumers who have long demanded the right to know what chemicals are in the furniture they purchase for their homes and families.”

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