Operator of revenge porn site faces trial in California

Operator of revenge porn site faces trial in California

A young operator of a revenge porn website faces legal action in California as a San Diego court has ruled that the case will go to trial in July this year.

Kevin Bollaert, 27, has been accused of posting thousands of explicit images of women on the revenge porn website ugotposted. com and extorting money to have them removed from the website.

The revenge porn website required uploaders of photos of women to include their personal information such as name, location, and social media accounts. All the information appeared alongside the images.

Bollaert allegedly ran another website, called changemyreputation. com, which offered women to remove their explicit images from the first site in exchange for a fee of $350 each.

Professor Danielle Citron, an expert in internet privacy, said, "Bollaert's business model was to call for others to post nude photos along with people's home addresses and to charge for their takedown, without the public knowing he was running both sides of the business."

While Bollaert told investigators that he was pocketing around $900 per month from advertising on the revenge porn site, but his PayPal records also indicated that he pocketed tens of thousands of dollars from women who wanted their images to be removed.

This case is the first of its kind as it is against an operator of a revenge porn website rather than a single poster. Bollaert, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 31 counts of identity theft, conspiracy and extortion.

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