Twitter is imposing a ban disallowing users to use pictures of other people without their consent.
The move is done as a way to thwart doxxing and trolls that live and breathe to ruin people’s lives online and offline.
This is the first major move from the new CEO, Parag Agrawal.
The new rules say that people who are not public figures can ask Twitter to take down pictures or videos of themselves if it’s posted without their consent.
Twitter says the policy exempts individuals when the tweet are shared in public interest or adds value to public discourse.
We will always try to assess the context in which the content is shared and, in such cases, we may allow the images or videos to remain on the serviceTwitter.
Till recently, the company prohibits users from sharing private information such as addresses, phone numbers or emails, credit card numbers even medical information.
Twitter has implemented similar rules against revenge porn since 2015, and now they are extending the protection to all forms of filmed or photographed media even if they are adult related content.
It is also worth noting that Twitter said there are growing concerns of content that harass, intimidate and reveal identities of individuals, then continued with stating that women, activists, dissidents, and members of the minority communities are the most affected.
The ban comes with some scrutiny from users and some are asking just how far are they going to take to implement the rules.
In some cases, Twitter wont directly remove the offending pictures or videos, though they will need a report to determine whether the tweet has actual offensive imageries or shared without victim’s permission.
According to the social media giant, the reports can come from the victim itself or some sort of legal representative (guardian or lawyer).