“Sharing personal media, such as photographs or videos, can potentially breach a person’s privacy and may result in emotional or physical harm,” Twitter wrote on Tuesday in a blog post.
“The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.”
To enforce the new policy, Twitter will require a “first-person report of the photo/video in question,” according to the company (or from an authorised representative).
“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,” Twitter said.
Twitter’s Tweet in context of this Policy-
Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so.https://t.co/7EXvXdwegG
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021
If the media and tweets are of public interest, the restriction does not apply, but content featuring such people may be removed if the site decides it was shared “to harass, threaten, or use fear to silence them.”
It may be permitted to remain on Twitter if the image or video is publicly available, is being covered by news outlets, or “adds value to the public dialogue,” according to Twitter. People may share photographs of private individuals in a crisis situation to aid them, according to the company’s blog post, and this may outweigh the safety hazards.
The move is part of Twitter’s expanded private information policy, which the company claims is intended to safeguard users from physical or mental harm. Twitter users are already prohibited from publishing people’s home addresses, government IDs, and other sensitive information under the policy. Twitter claims that disclosing someone’s age or job title, as well as publishing screenshots of text messages, are not against its guidelines. Users are also prohibited from publishing nude images of persons without their agreement, according to the company’s policy.
Users can report rule-breaking tweets by clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner of the tweet, selecting Report Tweet, selecting “It’s abusive or hurtful,” and selecting “Includes private information.”