Twitter introduces new rules against revenge porn

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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WASHINGTON: Twitter has become the latest online platform to ban “revenge porn,” or the posting of sexually explicit images of a person without consent.Private information: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.

The update comes following Reddit’s announcement last month of a similar ban, which came after the online bulletin board was criticised for allowing the distribution of hacked nude pictures of Hollywood stars. The new rule was praised by Cyber Civil Rights Initiative director Mary Anne Franks, who tweeted “@twitter’s new policy against #revengeporn is good for #privacy (bad for misogynists).” Although legislation already existed against posting unauthorised pictures of other people which invade their privacy, the new California law covers pictures that were taken with consent, for example when a couple was together, but which are later posted online without the ex-partner’s agreement. – AFP Threats and abuse: Users may not make direct, specific threats of violence against others, including threats against a person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, or disability. After the Verge published internal company communications in which CEO Dick Costolo said “we suck at dealing with abuse,” the company started rolling out harassment surveys and better abuse-reporting options.

The changes went into effect Wednesday and Twitter said it would lock user’s accounts and hide content reported being in violation of the new policies. But the site is likely to run into the problem of the ease with which users can create new accounts on the platform — a problem it has run into in its attempts to shut down the profiles of Isis extremists as well as Twitter trolls. 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. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts urged “the Department of Justice to intensify their efforts to investigate and prosecute the federal laws that criminalize the worst of this behavior.” In 2006, Congress recognized the real-life dangers of online harassment and amended the Violence Against Women Act to make online threats of death or serious injury illegal.

Yet, even though it is a federal crime, federal prosecutors pursued only 10 of the estimated 2.5 million cases of cyber-stalking between 2010 and 2013. Of course, money and personnel are always needed to investigate crimes, but the truth is, online threats and harassment of women are just not a law enforcement priority.

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