Twitter Finally Gets Around To Banning Revenge Porn And Nonconsensual Nudes

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It’s about time the company amped up its policies to fight abusive behavior.

Twitter bans revenge porn and stolen nude photos

Twitter is no stranger to cyberbullying. Even the company’s CEO Dick Costolo once admitted – in a leaked internal memo – that they “suck at dealing with abuse and trolls” and took “full responsibility for not tackling the problem.”

After receiving massive criticism for ignoring explicit content, the tech-giant has finally taken some rather forceful steps to battle the issue.

The social network has updated its privacy policy, banning users from sharing stolen nudes or other intimate photos without the subject’s consent – also known as revenge porn.

The changes appear in the private information section of Twitter's rules and its abusive behavior policy page, forbidding users from posting "intimate photos and videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."

As per the new rules, if a user posts a nude or a pornographic image, the social network will take the content down and lock the said user’s account. If the offense is repeated, Twitter may suspend the account.

As impressive as these efforts may sound, realistically, they might not prove effective.

Since there is no limit on the number of Twitter accounts an individual can create, the suspended users can just set up new profiles and continue with their shenanigans. In that case, the company can only go as far to prevent online trolls from harassing others.

Meanwhile, Reddit also made some changes in its rules and regulations last month to crack down on revenge porn.

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