Twitter bans sharing photos and videos of people without their consent

People who want their images or videos removed from Twitter can contact the site.

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Twitter Tuesday prohibits sharing of photos and videos from individuals without their consent, the company said in a blog post. The update to its private information policy says people can contact the microblogging platform to have these media removed.

The ban does not apply to public figures if the media and tweets are of public interest, but content featuring such persons may be removed if the site determines that it has been shared “to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence them “.

“We will always try to assess the context in which the content is shared and, in such cases, we may allow the images or videos to remain on the service,” he said.

If the image or video is publicly available, is covered by news organizations, or “adds value to public discourse,” it may be allowed to remain on the site, Twitter said. In its blog post, the company points out that people could share images of individuals in crisis to help them, and that this could outweigh the security risks.

The movement is an expansion of Twitter Private Information Policy which, according to the company, aims to protect people from physical or emotional harm. The policy already prohibits Twitter users from sharing personal addresses, government credentials, and other sensitive information. Twitter says that sharing someone’s age or job, or sharing screenshots of text messages doesn’t violate its rules. The company also has a separate policy that prohibits users from posting nude photos of people without their consent.

To report someone for violating this policy, Twitter users can click the three dots in the upper right corner of the tweet breaking the rules, select Report a tweet, click “This is abusive or harmful” and select ” Includes private information ”.

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