Twitter Cracks Down on Online Abuse


Twitter has been under a lot of pressure to change the way it handles online aggression after CEO Dick Costolo admitted the social media giant “suck[s] at dealing with abuse.” Now, Twitter has implemented new policies in an attempt to put an end to the public posting of explicit images or videos without the subject’s consent.

The company has added “intimate photos or videos” to the list of confidential information users cannot post without the subject’s consent. Other private information includes credit cards numbers, addresses, and Social Security or National Identity numbers.

Intimate photos or videos have also been added into Twitter’s abusive behavior policy, which reads:

Users may not make direct, specific threats of violence against others, including threats against a person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, or disability. In addition, users may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.

Any user found to be violating the updated policy will have their photos or videos deleted and their accounts locked. They could also face permanent suspension from Twitter, if the company deems their intent was to harass another person.