Twitter Announces New Rules To Ban Impersonation And Nude Photos

March 12, 2015  |  

Twitter has has updated its rules to ban tweets of intimate images that have been shared without the consent of the subject/s who are photographed or appear in the videos.

This major move for Twitter has been greeted with praise since the company has struggled to address bullying and revenge porn on its platform. Cosmopolitan has published a leaked memo from Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo saying even he was disappointed with how Twitter has handled trolling in the past:

“We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day. I’m frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue during my tenure as CEO. It’s absurd. There’s no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It’s nobody else’s fault but mine, and it’s embarrassing.”

In their updated rules, Twitter notifies users: “You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.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. You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.”

Last month, Reddit also banned users from posting sexual content without the consent of the contents subject/s.

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