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Twitter bans sharing of photos and videos without consent

Twitter bans sharing of photos without consent!

New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has announced the photo policy shortly after taking over for Jack Dorsey.

The micro-blogging site is revising its privacy policy to block the sharing of photos and videos of people without their consent. 

The social-media giant in a blog post shared on Tuesday said: “Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy and may lead to emotional or physical harm.”

“The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.”

Twitter added that to enforce the new policy, it will require a “first-person report of the photo/video in question (or from an authorized representative).

Images/videos that show people participating in public events (like large-scale protests, sporting events, etc.) would generally not violate this policy, Twitter clarified.

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The policy takes effect immediately.

 

“After we receive a report, that particular media will be reviewed before any enforcement action is taken,” the company added.

“We will always try to assess the context in which the content is shared and, in such cases, we may allow the images or videos to remain on the service,” the company said.

“For instance, we would take into consideration whether the image is publicly available and/or is being covered by mainstream/traditional media (newspapers, TV channels, online news sites), or if a particular image and the accompanying tweet text adds value to the public discourse, is being shared in the public interest, or is relevant to the community.”

Saman Siddiqui

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