‘Why Should Laws Tolerate Cyber-Flashing On Online Dating Apps?’ The Independent


The sending of indecent and graphic images is a constant issue for many online daters around the world, and has even forced some companies to remove photo-sharing features from their platforms.

In light of the growing problem, a recent opinion article for The Independent by a London City University PhD student talks about why individuals carry out this unsolicited behaviour on dating platforms.

Written by Laura Thompson, the article gives an insight into the world of sexting, and asks why people send nude images of themselves based on an assumption that someone would want them.

It also addresses the concerning levels of sexual harassment carried out online, with a particular focus on the misogynistic harassment which subjects women to violent threats, hostile outbursts and being blackmailed into sending explicit images – all of which are alarmingly common today.

The interesting article concludes with a call for laws against online harassment to become tighter, and more in line with existing laws against offline harassment.

Check out the full article here.