Twitter bans revenge porn and the like

12 March 2015

Twitter-Logo1 Twitter is banning revenge porn and has vowed to ban people who who post intimate images of people without their consent. Intimate, in this case, means 'nudes', rather than someone having a cuddle.

As well as that, Twitter is going after those who like a bit of doxxing. If you're unfamiliar with the term, that's when people publish the name and address of people just to get at them.

In Twitter's brand new rules, they say: "You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent. 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."

So, anyone caught doling out dodgily obtained nudes or indulging in some doxxery, they'll be investigated and banned. Presumably, those people will then set up a new Twitter account and carry on as normal. It's not like it is difficult to set up a sock-puppet account is it?

That said, Twitter could start handing over details to the police and, in Britain at least, anyone who is found guilty of distributing sexual images of a person without their consent could end up going to prison for two years.

These new laws define revenge porn as photos 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".

TOPICS:   Social Media   Privacy

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