Twitter has updated its private information policy to ban the sharing of images or videos of private individuals without their consent. The move came a day after Parag Agrawal replaced co-founder Jack Dorsey.
In a blog post, Twitter said, “While our existing policies and Twitter Rules cover explicit instances of abusive behaviour, this update will allow us to take action on media that is shared without any explicit abusive content, provided it’s posted without the consent of the person depicted. This is a part of our ongoing work to align our safety policies with human rights standards, and it will be enforced globally starting today.”
Twitter explained the reason behind updating the private information policy. It said, “There are growing concerns about the misuse of media and information that is not available elsewhere online as a tool to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals. 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. When we receive a report that a Tweet contains unauthorised private media, we will now take action in line with our range of enforcement options.”
What is in violation of the private information policy?
One can’t share the following types of private information or media, without the permission of the person to whom it belongs:
The following behaviours are also not permitted:
The context will be considered if a post is reported. When Twitter is notified that the user did not consent to have his/her private image or video shared, it will remove it.
This policy is not applicable to media featuring public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.
However, Twitter noted, “If the purpose of the dissemination of private images of public figures or individuals who are part of public conversations is to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence them, we may remove the content in line with our policy against abusive behaviour. Similarly, private nude images of public individuals will continue to be actioned under our non-consensual nudity policy.”