Twitter bans sharing pictures of people without their consent

Virgin Radio

2 Dec 2021, 16:37

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The social media company has amended its privacy policy and will remove any photos or videos posted of people without their permission. 

The rules previously stated it was prohibited to share private pictures of people where they would expect privacy, but it now covers images and videos of people in all settings.

So, now a person can report an image to Twitter if shared without their consent, even if it was taken in a public place.

There are a few caveats to the rule, however. For example, the company has said if there is a substantial public interest argument for sharing an image, an exception will be made. 

In a statement, they said: “When we are notified by individuals depicted, or by an authorized representative, that they did not consent to having their private image or video shared, we will remove it.

“This 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.”

Now, we know what you are thinking- what about memes?!

Most memes are a picture of a person that has gone viral and almost always without their permission.

Some users are also concerned the restrictions will hinder artists and photographers who take photos in public spaces and share them on social media for their work. 

However, Twitter has said its moderators will be fair when evaluating whether something has violated their policy or not and will consider the context of each case. 

They explained: “We will always try to assess the context in which the content is shared and, in such cases, we may allow the images or videos to remain on the service.

“For instance, we would take into consideration whether the image is publicly available and/or is being covered by mainstream/traditional media (newspapers, TV channels, online news sites), or if a particular image and the accompanying tweet text adds value to the public discourse, is being shared in public interest, or is relevant to the community.”

They have, of course, the public’s best interests at heart and are attempting to make the platform a safer place for users. 

So, don't worry; your favourite meme likely won’t be affected by the rule changes.