In an utterly baffling move, Twitter has decided to lean into its image as bullies and have released new rules that will prohibit the sharing of private images without consent. In a bid to try and control the narrative, the heads at Twitter seem to have gone off the deep end with these rules. What this means is that anyone whose image was posted without their consent will now have the option to request Twitter to take it down. Of course, surprising no one, major news organisations will be spared the rod while any independent media and the like will be subject to these rules.
Sharing images is an important part of folks' experience on Twitter. People should have a choice in determining whether or not a photo is shared publicly. To that end we are expanding the scope of our Private Information Policy.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021
Twitter has also gone on to state that the rules will not apply to, “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.” This seems like an incredibly vague statement, but then again, this is how most of these major social media networks function. It is unclear as to how these rules will be enforced and who will be the arbitrator of what is offensive etc. It seems like a system that will be ripe for exploitation and abuse.
This news comes a day after the resignation of CEO Jack Dorsey and the appointment of a new, controversial CEO. The new CEO was called out for a few racist and derogatory tweets that he made earlier but nothing has actually come of it, as was expected. Users have already called out the platform for these arbitrary rules and it looks like Twitter is going to have a lot of issues when it comes to the actual application of these rules.