Twitter bans revenge porn and vows to stop pervert stalkers publishing their …

12 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Revenge isn’t tweet: Twitter cracks down on ‘revenge porn’ abusers.

Twitter has modified its rules on so-called ‘revenge porn’, stating that from now on users “may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” The social media platform will react to “specific” cases of abuse, and users who disobey “will have their accounts locked,” according to a representative.

Micro-blogging site Twitter is taking serious measures against user abuse by introducing new rules that prohibit users from posting nude or sexual photos of other people, without their consent. The new policy will function as follows: users who complain about the content will have their identity checked and will have to prove that they didn’t give their consent to share the materials. Users who wish to report tweets under the guidelines will need to verify their identity and that they are the subject of the photo or video, a Twitter spokesperson tells Mashable. The latest move by Twitter management can be regarded as an attempt to deal with recent criticism that the social network is bad at coping with trolling. “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. Prior to this, the earlier rules mentioned that users cannot publish other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their permission.

About two weeks ago, Twitter started to step up measures to put an end to impersonation, spoofing and personal data leaks – all moves being part of tackling online abuse, a long-term program unveiled in December. The UK legislation describes revenge porn as “photographs or films which show people engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way or with their genitals exposed, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public.” The revenge porn is released without consent of the pictured individual. The California Department of Justice has also recently cracked down on cases of revenge porn and last month it convicted one website owner of 27 felony counts — the first time the state criminally prosecuted such a case. The site could reduce the ease with which users can make new accounts using tools like IP blocking, but the site’s anonymity and ease of use has also made it popular with political activists and other people who need to stay out of sight.

Last month, the site reversed its policy on posting nude photos and videos after a high-profile leak of sexual images including those of Jennifer Lawrence. Apart from Twitter, Reddit and Google were also seen taking a tougher stance against nudity and prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Social-networking and news site Reddit had said that, it would remove photos, videos and links with explicit content, if the person in the image hasn’t given permission for it to be posted.

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