Twitter will soon be banning posts with unconsented images and videos of people.
“Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so,” said Twitter in a tweet.
The company recently announced it will be updating its private information policy and adding “private media”.
This added scope in the existing policy is a reflection of the growing issue about abusing media and information not available elsewhere online to harass, intimidate, and dox other users.
As per Twitter’s existing policy, publishing other people’s private information (phone numbers, addresses, and IDs) is not allowed on the platform. Now Twitter is including images and videos that are originally deemed private, banning users that publicize such media unauthorized.
“Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm. The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.,” explained Twitter in its blog post.
Sharing images is an important part of folks' experience on Twitter. People should have a choice in determining whether or not a photo is shared publicly. To that end we are expanding the scope of our Private Information Policy. 🧵
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021
Twitter will start taking action when users send out a report or complaint regarding such cases in line with their various enforcement options. The company will also take action on media for any content that is shared without the consent of the person depicted, regardless of whether has no explicit abusive elements or not. Once the company received any such reports, the media in question will be reviewed before taking enforcement action.