Twitter drops ban hammer on sharing 'private media' without an individual's consent

Cal Jeffrey

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In a nutshell: Twitter is changing its policy on sharing private information of individuals to include pictures or videos. It already bans tweets containing someone's phone number, email address, real name, etc. The inclusion of media is a small addition to the rule, but it does exclude public figures in most cases.

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it is expanding its private information policy to include pictures and video. The social media platform already prohibits tweets that dox individuals or contain hateful messages. Its new rules will ban users from posting any media of private individuals without their consent.

"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," Twitter Safety notes. "Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person's privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm."

Twitter believes that sharing private media has a "disproportionate effect" on particular groups, including women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.

Enforcement may seem to be an issue, but the media ban is only an extension of its existing framework, according to Twitter. Regardless of whether the tweet contains someone's personal information, like address or phone number, or a video or image of the person, someone first has to report it to Twitter. Then a moderator will review the tweet to be sure the tweet violates the rules. Twitter will remove the content if it goes against any of its guidelines, including the expanded private information policy.

However, the media ban applies differently to public figures.

"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," the announcement reads. "However, 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 behavior."

Twitter stressed that reports are assessed on a case-by-case basis, as opposed to being automated. There may be instances where sharing media of an individual may be permitted if it is related to a newsworthy event or is in the public interest. For example, an image found in mainstream or traditional media may be allowed. Likewise, amateur pictures of something like an apartment fire that incidentally capture someone in-frame may be considered appropriate.

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Theinsanegamer

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Alright, knwoing this is twitter, which lefty figure got their name leaked through "private media" on twitter? That's the onyl reason they'd make such a change. Lorde knows that "It already bans tweets containing someone's phone number, email address, real name, etc" is enforced entirely arbitrarily, given how many cancelings occur on twitter.
 

Dimitriid

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"Twitter stressed that reports are assessed on a case-by-case basis, as opposed to being automated."

Translation: only the biggest and most popular, verified accounts that actually get an employee will be protected, the rest of you plebs can dox at will.

This is specially troublesome because it's just some days after notorious TERF J.K. Rowling complained about being doxed...Even though her house is a famous castle that's pretty much universally and widely known information well before she used the excuse to detract a protest outside her home for her bigoted and hateful views.
 

Corncob

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This is specially troublesome because it's just some days after notorious TERF J.K. Rowling complained about being doxed...Even though her house is a famous castle that's pretty much universally and widely known information well before she used the excuse to detract a protest outside her home for her bigoted and hateful views.
Love watching the mentally defective left eat their own.
 

Shadowboxer

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Love watching the mentally defective left eat their own.
Lmao, I must say watching the Twitter mob turn on the once woke JK Rowling was highly satisfying. There are a more to come as well, like Islam, at somepoint the woke brigade will turn on Muslims for their ultra conservative social views on homosexuality and womens rights. I’ve got my popcorn ready.

But the same thing is going on with this policy, there are so many rules as to what can be shared, what can’t be now, with multiple exceptions. It’s just going to confuse and anger people as some people get content barred and others don’t. I mean take Trump, how is he barred but BLM isnt, that just angers people.

It’s almost as if maybe it would be easier for everyone if they just moderated the obvious nudity and violence and let people post what they like?
 

MyIOnU

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Twitter is about to go extreme !!! Just watch and see. They will only apply their new policies to one side only. Jack was not 'woke' enough, so they need to replace him.
 

Shadowboxer

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Twitter is about to go extreme !!! Just watch and see. They will only apply their new policies to one side only. Jack was not 'woke' enough, so they need to replace him.
Isn’t the latest conspiracy theory that something came out during the Ghislaine Maxwell trial that has forced Dorsey to step down?
 

Danny101

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You can fully expect that this will be meted out in a fair, transparent, and equitable manner..

Not!!!