Twitter recently updated its private information policy to include media just shortly after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down. Previously, their policy stopped users from sharing others’ private information and things that could make someone identifiable against their own will. Now, Twitter has expanded their privacy details to include personal photos and videos.
“There are growing concerns about the misuse of media and information that is not available elsewhere online as a tool to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals,” Twitter posted. “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.”
The social media giant claims the key aspect to this rule is that the media has to be posted “without the consent of the person depicted.” Twitter says once it receives a complaint that a form of media was shared without the consent of the subject, it will “remove it.” There can be exceptions to this rule if the company deems the media to be a “public figure.” Additionally, if the video is shared “in the public interest” or adds value to “public discourse,” Twitter would allow it to remain on the platform.
“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,” said Twitter.
Twitter permitted independent journalists to deliver information in the form of text, video, and photos directly to people at home in real-time. Now, that ability is in question.
The company does not define any of the terms listed above. This new policy could potentially add more power to corporate media companies while removing power from independent journalists.
Questions about the new rules that could give corporate media more strength have begun to surface from concerned users. However, given its new policy and lack of defined terms, users will have to wait to see what action Twitter takes to remove content.
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