Twitter has announced that it will restrain users from sharing private images of other people without their consent. This comes just a day after Twitter’s New CEO, Parag Agrawal takes over the company.
In a blog post shared by Twitter, people other than public figures can ask Twitter to take down pictures and videos of them if they were reposted without their permission. Twitter says that it has taken this step to make its platform safer for its users. As a result everyone’s is concerned about what exactly they can share on the platform. Here’s what you can exactly share.
Twitter in its blog post explained that this rule only applies to people who are not public figures or media personalities. This doesn’t mean that such posts will be automatically deleted by Twitter, such posts will be taken down only if the user asks for them. The company said that this step is taken to prevent the harassment or invasion of privacy of its users.
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.https://t.co/7EXvXdwegG
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021
“This policy update will help curb the misuse of media to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of private individuals, which disproportionately impacts women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.” Twitter said.
But this doesn’t mean that you cannot share the pictures of others if you are in a public gathering such as concerts, parties, protests. Twitter explained that images/videos that show people participating in public events (like large scale protests, sporting events, etc.) would generally not violate this policy.
The company also clarified that before deleting such posts it will evaluate if the given information is already available in public or not. This could be either print media or TV news.
This is not the first time Twitter has taken these steps, previously the platform restricted its users to share others’ personal information such as their phone number, address, any documents without their permission.
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