Twitter Bans Photo Sharing Of Private Persons Without Consent

Twitter has recently expanded that private information policy to include ‘private media’ referring to videos and photos without the person’s consent. Back in the day, the policy of Twitter covered the sharing of private information like IDs, addresses, and phone numbers.

However, the growing concern over the misuse of several videos and photos is not available elsewhere on the internet. Therefore, Twitter has decided to take legal action against unauthorized private media handles and photo sharing.

According to Twitter, such media as photos and videos are often being used to intimidate. Harass and reveal identities of private audiences. Before today, the policy changes only focused on when Twitter would take action only on private media for abusive behaviour.

Now, Twitter has decided to remove media shared without the person’s consent, even if the content is not abusive. It is almost a way to safeguard the real identity of the private person with details.

The entire list of content that violated the private information-based policy of Twitter are:

  • The physical location or the basic home address
  • Identity-based documentation.
  • Contact information
  • Financial accounts and information related to the same
  • Additional private information like medical records or biometric data
  • Media files like pictures and videos of a private individual without their consent or permission

Further, Twitter will also not tolerate any threats and expose a person’s private information. The head of security of Twitter has also decided that it will also not allow the users to offer any financial compensation for someone else’s private information or posts in general.

How Will Twitter Enforce The Use Of This Policy?

Now, let’s understand how exactly Twitter will enforce this policy on its users. Twitter is solely dependent on the reports from users to enforce any private media information or policy. This is something that cannot be detected automatically by the application. When private information or basic media is shared on Twitter, it needs a first-person report from an authorized representative. The first person will help to identify and determine whether the video or image has been shared without any consent or permission or not.

Once Twitter receives a report from an individual depicted as a basic pirate media, Twitter will immediately remove the content without any justification. There is no involvement of public figures in this entire policy and details. However, this introduction of the policy has resulted in an overwhelming response from the users. In most cases, users think they cannot use photos and media from performing artists and celebrities. Well, to make it simple, you can share photos of celebrities without violating these new rules forwarded by Twitter.

One exception in this field will be whether the public figure’s media have been shared with any malicious intent or not. Twitter itself will identify this, and it will be valued and taken action if found guilty. However, Twitter will allow the authorization of private individuals and instances after any violent event or aftermath. This will be dependent on the newsworthiness of the event that has happened and identified based on it.


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