Twitter will not permit posts with videos or Photos of private individuals without their permission


Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has resigned as the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Indian-origin officer Parag Agarwal replaces Jack Dorsey. Agarwal, an alumnus of IIT-Bombay and Stanford University, has been working on Twitter since 2011 and has been the company’s CTO since 2017.

Following the appointment of Parag Agarwal as the new CEO of Twitter. The microblogging site on Tuesday made a new update to its personal information security policy to prevent others from sharing photos or videos of private individuals without their permission. According to Twitter, the main motive behind the update is to strengthen its anti-harassment policies.

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People who are not public figures can ask Twitter to remove photos or videos that have been posted without their permission. Twitter said the policy does not apply to “public figures or individuals when the media shares their tweets in the public interest.” It also includes threatening to reveal personal information or encouraging others to do so. 

“Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy and may lead to emotional or physical harm,” Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.

In addition, it involves threatening to disclose personal information or encouraging others to do so. The social media firm has already banned users from sharing other people’s private information such as their address or location, identity documents, non-public contact information, financial information or medical data. Moreover, this does not mean that the permission of all users will be require before posting a photo or video on Twitter, but the platform will ban it if anyone wants to remove it.

Finally, the policy takes effect immediately, company said.

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Here is the list of things you can’t share under Twitter’s privacy violation.

  1. Home address or physical location information
  2. Government-issued documents
  3. National identity numbers
  4. Contact information
  5. Biometric data or medical records
  6. Email information
  7. Bank account and credit card details

Twitter then refers to behavior that is not acceptable under its privacy policies. This behavior is-

  1. Threatening to expose someone’s private information publicly.
  2. Sharing information that can be hack or gain access to someone’s private information
  3. Asking for bounty or financial rewards in exchange for posting private information
  4. Asking for bounty or financial reward for not posting someone’s private information, sometimes considered blackmail.

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