Twitter bans people from sharing pictures of people without their consent

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In a major policy move, Twitter has banned the sharing of photos and videos of private individuals without their permission.

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The change will mean that people can ask the site to have their photos removed if they have not consented to the sharing of the images or videos.

Public figures will not be able to remove photos unless they are being harassed, and cases where the photos and tweets are in the public interest or “add value to public discourse” will remain so.


This is the first major policy announcement under the company’s new chief executive Parag Agarwal, who took over from Jack Dorsey on Monday.

The new rules are an extension of Twitter’s existing rules on “private information”, it said. Those rules already banned the sharing of information such as people’s home addresses or ID documents.

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This differs from its policy on abusive behavior, which it could have already used to remove images that were being used as harassment or intimidation. And it also detracts from its current non-consensual nudity policy, which includes instances where nude images of individuals, both public and private, are being shared without their permission.

Twitter acknowledged that there will be cases in which images may be shared “in an effort to help someone involved in a crisis situation, such as after a violent incident, or as part of a reportable event because of value to the public interest.” as, and this may outweigh the security risks to an individual”.

In such cases, it will assess the context of the image and may decide that it should remain anyway, it said. This may include images that are already publicly available, being covered by news sites,” or if a particular image and accompanying tweet text add value to the public discourse, shared in the public interest. being, or is relevant to the community”

“Feeling safe on Twitter is different for everyone, and our team is working relentlessly to understand and address these needs,” it said. “We know our work will never be done, and we will continue to invest in making our product and policies more robust and transparent to continue to earn the trust of the people who use our service.”


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