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Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Twitter expands safety policy, bans posting images of people without their consent

Twitter has changed its private information policy to prohibit users from sharing photographs and videos of private persons without their consent, in an effort to strengthen its anti-harassment standards. The announcement comes only one day after Parag Agrawal, 37, took over as CEO, succeeding co-founder Jack Dorsey. "We're amending our current private information policy and increasing its scope to encompass 'private media' as part of our continued efforts to design solutions with privacy and security at their heart."

Publication of other people's private information, such as phone numbers, addresses, and IDs, is already prohibited under Twitter's current policy. In a blog post, the corporation stated that "this includes threatening to divulge private information or encouraging others to do so." This policy change was prompted by rising concerns "about the abuse of media and information not available elsewhere online as a means to harass, threaten, and disclose the identities of individuals," according to Twitter.

"Sharing personal media, such as photographs or videos, has the potential to infringe on a person's privacy and cause emotional or bodily harm." Women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority groups can all be affected by the abuse of private media, but women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities are disproportionately affected," it stated. While this does not imply that users submitting images of private persons would be required to fill out a consent form, Twitter will take action if a breach of the policy is reported.

"When private information or media is released on Twitter, we require a first-hand report or a report from an authorized representative to determine whether the image or video was shared without their consent," it stated. "We will delete it if persons depicted, or an authorized representative, informs us that they did not consent to their private photograph or video being released." When material and accompanying Tweet content are posted in the public interest or contribute value to public conversation, this policy does not apply, according to the firm.

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