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Deepfakes of nudes, cyberflashing and misogynistic speech online would have a prison sentence

The most widespread forms of cyber violence, including the distribution of fake nude images and cyberbullying, will be considered a crime in the new legislative framework that the European Union is preparing to tackle the violence against women.

The European Commission shared this Tuesday its intention to establish the first common rules to combat violence against women in the European Union after reaching a political agreement, which will allow unifying criteria in the member countries once it obtains the approval of the plenary session of the European Union. Parliament and the Council.

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The regulations aim to criminalize forms of violence against women both ‘offline’ and ‘online’ throughout the European Union, which includes cybercrimes such as the non-consensual exchange of intimate images, whether real images or manipulations made with tools. synthetic (what is known as ‘deepfakes’).

It will also include cyberbullying and cyberbullying, hate speech against women via the Internet and the unsolicited sending of images of a sexual nature (‘cyberflashing’), as detailed by the Commission in a press release.

The classification of these cybercrimes as such in all member countries has become “an urgent issue that must be addressed, given the exponential spread and dramatic impact of online violence.”

In addition to the consequent penalty, the regulations will also affect digital literacy, so that users can develop skills that allow them to identify the different forms of cyber violence and act accordingly, such as seeking support and even preventing it from taking place.

Source: Elcomercio

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