Twitter Finally Banned Revenge Porn. Now How to Enforce It?
LAST NIGHT, TWITTER made the non-consensual sharing of “intimate photos and videos” (read: revenge porn) a violation of its user rules. It’s a change as necessary as it was overdue, and it signals serious intent to rid the platform of trolls and other bad actors. What’s less clear? Whether Twitter has the means to turn that intent into reality.
Set aside for a moment the confounding fact that until just a few hours ago posting nude pictures of another unwilling human was kosher in the Twitterverse. Progress is progress, even if it comes slowly. The new Twitter rules are plainly stated, unambiguous, and are designed to help a lot of vulnerable people:
Private information: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission. You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.