Twitter is taking a stand against “revenge porn”

12 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Twitter bans revenge porn in new crackdown on online abuse.

Twitter has taken steps to clamp down on “revenge porn” and leaked photos of nude celebrities by updating its official rules so that consent is required from the subject of photos posted to the site. After CEO Dick Costolo admitted that Twitter “suck[s] at dealing with abuse,” the company is trying to improve the way it handles revenge porn, the posting of nude or sexual images or videos publicly without the subject’s consent.In a move designed to crackdown on abuse and harrassment on the social media site, intimate images or footage – uploaded without the consent of the person featured – will no longer be tolerated.

Thousands of intimate photos of celebrities, including those of actress Jennifer Lawrence, were posted online last year and then circulated on social media after a breach of their passwords. It marks Twitter’s second move toward defeating trolls after it made it more difficult for users to be “doxxed,” or have their private information exposed against their will.

New rules, posted in the ‘privacy’ section of the site, state: “You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” Users who violate the new revenge porn rules will have their accounts locked unless they delete the offending information. The micro-blogging site said that users who report content shared without their consent will be required to verify their identity and prove their lack of consent over images.

Earlier this year, social platform Reddit – which has 160 million users – tightened its rules on revenge porn, following the high-profile hacking of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, which were posted on its forums. 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. The move by Twitter forms part of chief executive Dick Costolo’s push to try and make abusing people on the company’s platform more difficult and costly for those perpetrating the abuse while balancing freedom of speech. What if, for instance, a photo has already reached all corners of the internet (like during the celebrity hacking scandal) and is then posted to Twitter?

Though doing so is still a depraved act, it may not necessarily be against Twitter’s rules: Keep in mind that although you may consider certain information to be private, not all postings of such information may be a violation of this policy. It 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”. “It’s no secret that the rest of the world talks about it every day. Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian was threatened with rape, sexual violence and death by Twitter trolls during the Gamergate saga after she criticised the way women are portrayed in video games. We may consider the context and nature of the information posted, local privacy laws, and other case-specific facts when determining if this policy has been violated.

We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.” But critics have pointed out the ease with which users can create new accounts, under different names and questioned whether the new rules will truly impact the site’s easy anonymity. The company won’t, however, ban IP addresses or provide them to law enforcement, except “in response to valid legal requests.” The changes in Twitter’s rules comes only a month after Reddit explicitly banned revenge porn and pledged to remove all images in violation of that new policy.

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