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They are shared (though not necessarily archived) on teenage preferred platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. We are already witnessing (and, let’s face it, participating in) the massive generation of digital porn.

How should we approach the idea that we are endorsing teenage porn by being contributors and interacting with sites that allow it to occur and be distributed (legally or illegally). We use sites such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter daily—yet a large portion of our generation either ignores or is unaware of the digital porn, exposure, and breach of safety that is occuring on the same sites. In Shah’s article on Exposed Net Porn, he points out that while banning and censoring these new forms of digital media is not his argument, digital porn must be recognized as a factor within each and every site that we use for very differing purposes. A lack of acknowledgement, or just the complacency that many of us carry in our everyday actions, perpetuates the violation of privacy and protection occurring on the internet. It silences those who are adversely effected by digital porn.

Shah also writes:

These women, shamed and humiliated on the Internet, are ‘sluts’ and subjects of pornography, not because they are sexual but, as Hunter Moore very succinctly puts it, ‘because they are stupid’ (Dodero, 2013).

These women are considered stupid because of how they chose to use technology and because someone they trusted chose to permanently damage their lives using the same tools. This sort of humiliation is silencing. We first need to acknowledge how our own use of these technologies perpetuates the ongoing issues with digital porn. Then perhaps a path will become more clear towards both social and digital regulation of criminal and cruel actions committed in the use and distribution of net porn.