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I’ve received an unsolicited lewd photo, what should I do? (Texas)

The following article applies only to our users based in Texas or those who need to report a Texas resident. If you’re not in Texas, don’t worry, we’ve still got your back! Please click here for more information.

At Bumble we have always been committed to keeping our users safe by making the Hive a place where consent is not an option, it’s a rule. In 2018 we felt we needed to take this passion offline and fought to pass House Bill 2789 in our home state of Texas which classifies the sending of unsolicited lewd photos as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500. As of September 1st, 2019 this bill will become law in Texas.

Under the law, a photo is classified as lewd if a person’s intimate parts are exposed, a person is engaging in sexual conduct, or if it shows the covered genitals of a male in a discernibly turgid state. If this has happened to you there are several options available.

I’ve received an unsolicited lewd photo and want to pursue legal action.
For any legal action to be taken the user must report the offense to local law enforcement via their non-emergency line within two years of receiving the photo.

Please note that Bumble is not responsible for and will not report any lewd photos to the authorities ourselves. However, users can also report the offense on Bumble via our in-app Block & Report feature or contact us. Our team will investigate the case and take appropriate action in line with our Guidelines. This does not take the place of reporting the offense to the authorities.

For more information about how to report a user in-app please check out our post here.

Note that due to privacy guidelines, we can’t always reveal the results of a report, but please know that we take every report seriously and handle each case with care.

I’ve received an unsolicited lewd photo and do not want to pursue legal action.
In this instance, we still encourage our users to report the offense on Bumble via our in-app Block & Report feature or contact us. Our team will investigate the case and take appropriate action in line with our Guidelines.

I’ve received a lewd photo on another platform and want to pursue legal action.
In order to pursue legal action please reach out to local law enforcement via their non-emergency line within two years of receiving the photo.