Twitter on Tuesday introduced new rules that bar users from sharing private images of other people without their consent, just a day after the network’s policy was tightened.
Under the new rules, people who are not public figures can ask Twitter to remove photos or videos they posted without permission.
Twitter said the policy “does not apply to public figures or individuals when the media and the accompanying Tweet text is shared in the public interest or adds value to the public discourse.”
“We will always try to assess the context in which the Content is shared and in such cases, we may allow images or videos to remain on the Service,” the company said.
Internet users’ right to appeal on the Platform when images or data about them are posted by third parties, especially for malicious purposes, has been debated for years.
Twitter has already restricted the publication of personal information such as a person’s phone number or address, but there are “growing concerns” about the use of the content to “harass, intimidate and expose their identity”.
The company noted a “disproportionate impact on women, activists, dissidents and members of minority communities”.
High-profile examples of online harassment include a barrage of racist, sexist and homophobic abuse on Twitch, the world’s largest video game streaming site.
But the cases of harassment are high, and victims often have to fight long battles to see harmful, abusive or illegally constructed images of themselves removed from online platforms.
Some Twitter users prompted the company to clarify how the strict policy would work.
Journalist Jeff Jarvis tweeted, “Does this mean that if I photograph a concert in Central Park, I need everyone’s permission in it? We hurt public sentiment.” Professor at the City University of New York.
The change came on the day Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced he was leaving the company, handing over CEO duties to company executive Parag Agarwal.
Like other social media networks, the platform has fought against bullying, misinformation and hateful content.
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