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New York ‘ s revenge-porn bill dies after 11-hour-campaign-Google

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New York ‘ s revenge-porn bill died early Thursday morning after the Senate adjourned for the year and took no action in the wake of an 11th-hour campaign by Google against the legislation.

The proposal, which has languished in Albany since its introduction in 2013 and was recently picked up again after a Post exposé — made would have required dissemination of sexually explicit images a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

It would also have helped victims sue Web hosts to remove the offending images.

But Google mounted a late effort against the bill, with the Internet behemoth as opposed to a government oversight over how it controls the content.

Lawyer Carrie Goldberg, who would lead the lobbying for the bill, was furious that senators went home without even taking a vote, effectively killing the legislation until next year.

The only long-shot chance for the bill is if lawmakers decide to come back for a special session, but there is no question of that.

“It is very worrying that Google and tech lobbyists were quiet as a church mouse for the five years this bill has been percolating in Albany and then literally the morning is for voice, they bulldozer with compelling demands on our legislators to change the language,” Goldberg said.

“It is a shame how weak our legislators look for bowing down to these tech corporate bosses.”

The Internet Association — an influential lobbying group working on behalf of Google and many other websites used for the dissemination of revenge porn — fought the bill, which passed the Assembly but needed Senate approval.

Gov. Cuomo had promised to sign the bill, had the proposal on his desk.

The laws of the sponsor, state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) said he plans to continue to push for the bill’s passage.

But Boyle’s promise not spawn Goldberg, who accused lawmakers in the pocket of the “Big Tech.”

“There could be no better outcome of what unfettered power of big tech has on our government. It is sickening. Any claims they make that big tech is aligned with the victims of revenge porn hollow like Trump say that he is aligned with separated immigrant families facing deportation,” she said.

“Great Tech, especially Google, made from the revenge porn problem. And now, just as we are about enabling the victims to demand the removal of their most intimate material from the internet through this law, Google refreshes the abuse.”

A representative for Google could not be reached for comment.

Additional reporting by Julia Marsh, Max Jaeger and David K. Li

This article originally appeared on the New York Post.

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