Social media: Twitter is bringing online nuisance head-on, upgrading it’s guidelines as well as procedures and barring the publishing of revenge pornography.
The news was first documented by BuzzFeed. Here is an update to Twitter’s guidelines, with the enhancements in italics.Twitter also altered its harassing conduct policy.
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.
Threats and abuse: 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. Targeted abuse or harassment is also a violation of the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service.
The changes went into effect Wednesday and Twitter said it would lock user’s accounts and hide content reported being in violation of the new policies. Twitter said it will also suspend accounts posting such content for the purpose of harassment.
According to CNET, Twitter continues to combat online harassment and bullying. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sent a series of memos to employees in February, taking personal responsibility for what he called “an inadequate response to the chronic abuse and harassment that occurs daily on the social network.”