Ground Report | New Delhi: Twitter bans sharing of photos; The world’s leading microblogging and social networking service Twitter on Tuesday announced new rules for its users. Under it, users are prohibited from sharing anyone’s photo or video without their consent, except for public figures.
Tightening its network policies, Twitter has taken this step a day after the appointment of a new CEO of Indian origin. Under the new rules, anyone can ask Twitter to remove images or videos that have been posted without their consent.
Twitter bans sharing of photos
Twitter said in a blog post, “Whenever we are informed by an individual or his/her appointed representative that his/her personal photo or video has been shared without his/her permission, we remove it.
A statement from the company said, “Twitter’s policy regarding the sharing of images will not apply to” public figures or individuals who have shared or with the text of the tweet in the public interest. ” It adds to the importance of public discourse. “
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The statement added that the company will always try to analyze the background in which the content is shared and in such cases, we may “allow the placement of images or videos in our service”.
Posting pictures is a topic of discussion
Twitter, however, says there is growing concern about the use of material to identify, harass and intimidate individuals. The company notes that “women, workers, critics and people from minority communities are the most affected.”
Incidents of widespread harassment in the name of racial, sexual, and homosexuality on the world’s largest video game streaming site ‘Twitch’ are clear examples of this. However, in addition to such harassment, victims also face abusive attitudes and have to take lengthy legal action to remove images posted illegally on online platforms.
Some Twitter users, however, asked the company to clarify how its strict policy would work. Jeff Jarvis, a professor of journalism at the City University of New York, asked in a tweet, “Does that mean I take a picture, like a picture of a concert in Central Park, so that everyone I see in it Need permission from the person? ” It may be recalled that a day earlier, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had announced to leave the company and hand over the responsibilities of CEO to Indian-born Prague Agrawal.