Twitter updates picture sharing policy to beef up security
- Twitter recently updated its private information policy
- The update is intended at addressing concerns about misuse of media
- Parag Agarwal recently took over as Twitter chief executive
Twitter updated its private information policy Tuesday to stop people from posting photos and videos of private people without their permission. The change is intended at addressing concerns about the misuse of media and information that is not available elsewhere online to harass, intimidate, and reveal identities of people.
The social media giant issued a statement saying, “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.”
What is Twitter doing?
While Twitter users will not have to submit a consent form or any such thing while uploading pictures of private individuals, Twitter will take action when anyone reports a violation of the policy.
“When private information or media has been shared on Twitter, we need a first-person report or a report from an authorized representative in order to make the determination that the image or video has been shared without their permission,” Twitter said.
What Twitter will do is that it will notify individuals depicted, or by an authorised representative, that they did not consent to having their private image or video shared, Twitter will remove it.
There will be exceptions
Despite these stringent rules, Twitter will maintain some exceptions. The new policy will not be applicable to the media featuring public figures or individuals when media accompanying Tweet text are shared in public interest or add value to public discourse.
Social media in context
Twitter recently changed its chief executive from Jack Dorsey to Parag Agarwal. Dorsey cofounded Twitter in 2006, is leaving after overseeing the launch of new ways to create content through newsletters or audio conversations while simultaneously serving as CEO of his payments processing company Square Inc.