Features Monday, March 16, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| March 13, 2015| 4. 00 pm SIT Microblogging site Twitter has made non-consensual sharing of "intimate photos and videos" a violation of its rules. The new Twitter rules are plainly stated, unambiguous, and are designed to help a lot of vulnerable people. To its terms of service regarding the posting of private information, Twitter added: "You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent." And under "threats and abuse," the company added: "users may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent". However, people are sceptical whether Twitter has the wherewithal to enforce this ban immediately. Twitter says it has a team working day and night to address complaints from its users, and violators will have their accounts suspended. Since the new rules also still put the onus of reporting on the victim, experts are not sure that the new policy would help much. As of now, to get an offending picture removed, the victim has to first know that it exists, then ask Twitter to remove it, and finally wait for a decision. In the meantime, a tyrant can set up a few dozen more accounts, posting the same photo on each, triggering the entire process again. Twitter's move comes days after Reddit announced that its users can no longer post nude photos or pictures of sexual acts without subjects' consent. Last year, Reddit faced widespread criticism as hundreds of leaked nude celebrity photos were hosted on the forum by users. Inputs IANS Tweet

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