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Texas lawmakers consider sexting restrictions

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Legislature is considering a measure aimed at limiting unwanted sexual photography.

House Bill 2789 would make it a Class C misdemeanor to send "sexually explicit visual material" via text message, social media, or online dating apps.

The crime would be punishable by a fine of up to $500.

The author of the bill, state Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) has teamed up with SMU graduate and Bumble app creator Whitney Wolfe Herd to create this bill.

"Her users are really being sexually harassed by receiving -- multiple times, apparently -- unsolicited lewd photographs, and she helped identify the problem," Meyer said.

HB 2789 is currently under review by the the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

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