Twitter said on Tuesday that it will not allow the sharing of personal media such as photos and videos on its platform without the person’s consent.
“Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm. The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.” Twitter said in a blog post.
Twitter said the change is part of its ongoing work to align its safety policies with human rights standards. The change has started to be enforced globally and applies to all Twitter users.
Twitter also stated that the new updated policy is not applicable to media featuring public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO on Monday and handed the reins to technology chief Parag Agrawal.