Twitter bans sharing photos of other people without their consent

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Twitter has announced new rules banning users from sharing photos and videos of private individuals without their consent.

Released in a blog post on Tuesday, November 30, the new policy enables people who are not public figures to contact the microblogging platform and have the posted content removed.

According to Twitter, this type of content causes a “misappropriate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.”

Twitter said this policy does not apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”

“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 social networking company added.

Violators of the policy can be reported to Twitter by clicking the three dots on the upper right corner of the tweet, select Report Tweet, click on “It’s abusive or harmful,” and select “Includes private information.”

As CNET notes, the move is an expansion of Twitter’s private information policy that aims to protect people from physical or emotional harm. The existing rules have already been prohibiting users from sharing other people’s home addresses, government IDs, and other sensitive information, as well as nude photos of people without their consent.

The change also came a day after Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced his resignation as chief of the company on Monday, with Chief Technology Officer Parang Agrawal taking over the helm.

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