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September 25, 2018

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Operators of revenge porn website ordered to pay $2 million

Operators of a now-defunct revenge porn website have been ordered to pay $2 million and destroy images depicting the victims and their personal information, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office announced.

The site, MyEx.com, allowed users to post intimate photos, videos and personal information of their ex-partners, officials said. The website would then allegedly charge the victims up to $2,800 to take the information down.

As a result of the order announced Friday, MyEx.com is permanently barred from operating a website or online service that disseminates intimate images of individuals without their written consent, officials said.

The court also ordered the defendants to destroy the intimate images in their possession and pay $2,022,930 in monetary relief to the Federal Trade Commission.

After the Nevada Attorney General's Office and the FTC filed for an injunction in January of this year, MyEx.com was successfully taken offline, officials said. This newly acquired federal order ensures the website will remain offline, officials said.

“This judgment was sought on behalf of all those who were shamed or harmed by MyEx.com, especially women who represent the vast majority of its victims,” state Attorney General Adam Laxalt said. “Revenge pornography is an abhorrent practice that should not be encouraged or solicited by any website.”

During the 2015 Nevada Legislature, the law on sexual offenses was modified, making it illegal to disseminate intimate images of a person, officials said. This was in part a response to the growing problem of revenge porn.