Twitter launched new rules Tuesday blocking users from sharing private images of other people without their consent, in a tightening of the network’s policy just a day after it changed CEOs.
Under the new rules, people who are not public figures can ask Twitter to take down pictures or videos of them that they report were posted without permission.
Twitter says that exceptions to its new rule will include photos or videos “featuring public figures or individuals when [the photos or videos] and accompanying Tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse”.
Twitter already prohibited the publication of private information such as a person´s phone number or address, but there are “growing concerns” about the use of content to “harass, intimidate and reveal the identities of individuals,” Twitter said.
The company noted a “disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.”