Twitter has announced that it will ban sharing photos and videos of people without their consent, the company posted in a blog. Twitter says that the new policy is in line with its commitment to protecting people’s privacy.
The change comes just hours after the appointment of a new Twitter CEO, former CTO Parag Agrawal, who took over the reins from Jack Dorsey when he stepped down on Monday.
The change means that people can request pictures or videos of themselves to be removed from Twitter if they did not consent for the content to be posted.
Twitter says the 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.” However, if the pictures are aimed at harassment, intimidation, or using fear to silence them, Twitter may remove the content in line with their policy against abusive behavior.
These new rules extend Twitter’s exiting policy on “private information,” which already bans sharing personal information such as people’s home addresses or ID documents.
The Twitter platform has struggled against a wave of online bullying, misinformation, and hateful content. The policy change reflects a growing need to protect people from becoming a victim of online hate.
Critics of the move were quick to respond to Twitter’s new policy highlighting some interesting concerns and areas where the policy may not work as well as intended:
It is yet to be seen how well this policy will work, but one thing is for certain, Twitter better have expanded its help desk personnel to deal with the influx of take down requests they will be hit with.