Twitter Bans Illegal Image Sharing

Twitter Bans Illegal Image Sharing

  • Twitter will now allow individuals to request that pictures and videos featuring them be taken down from its platform
  • The company disclosed that the new rule is aimed at preventing invasions of privacy and harassment
  • The rule however includes an exception for posts that are “shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”

Twitter has issued a stunning update to its information safety policy that prevents people from sharing your images and videos without your consent.

The platform had earlier banned people from sharing the personal information of others such as address, location, and IDs without their permission.

The protection update was disclosed in a post that was shared with users on Tuesday. A part of the announcement reads:

Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so.

For clarification, this update doesn’t mean that Twitter will ask all users in media for permission before it is posted. However, if any of the persons want it down, it will be removed.


The update also confirms that this change does not apply to media featuring public figures or images and videos that are shared in public interest.

In the case of public figures, the media could be taken down if the content was intending harassment and other abusive behavior.

Read also: Twitter boss Jack Dorsey Resigns as CEO

Twitter also went on to explain that uploading media of people participating in a large event will not violate this policy.

The new policy update comes only a day after Jack Dorsey stepped down as the CEO of the company and was replaced by Parag Agrawal.

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