Twitter to Crack Down on Revenge Porn By Asking 'Did You Want This?'

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Twitter is stepping up their anti-revenge porn efforts by revising its rules about what tweeters can and can't share and that includes consent surrounding sharing intimate photos.

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According to The Guardian, the social media site has debuted the following new rules:

"You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent." It has added the same clause under its "threats and abuse" guidelines. Twitter's rules already ban the publishing of credit card, address or national identity information.

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On the flip side, if you feel someone has uploaded bits of you without consent, you must verify your identity and then prove you didn't consent to having your photo or whatever else used—which sounds like it might be tough to do in some cases, to be honest. But if the bit in question is found "guilty" of being published without consent, the offending tweeter's account will be suspended.

The company's tripled the numbers in its anti-abuse department and promised to also clamp down on trolls too. These moves are part of chief executive Dick Costolo's plan to making online bullying and general assholery too hard and pricey for your average offender. Hopefully it works, though I wouldn't want to work in the anti-abuse department aka Twitter court judging who did what … somethings online you can't un-see.

Image via Twitter.


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