Twitter will now forbid sharing "media of private individuals without their permission" and nobody seems to know what that means but it's probably not good

Nov 30th

If you thought Twitter's censorship issues were already bad, buckle up, it's probably about to get a whole lot worse:

Twitter Inc. said users will no longer be able to share private media, such as photos and videos, of another person without their permission, a move aimed at improving privacy and security.

"Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person's privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm," Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday. "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 it can take enforcement action when private media is posted without the consent of someone included in it. It said the change is part of its work to align its safety policies with human-rights standards.

Just to clarify, here are Twitter's own description of its new policy:

Under our private information policy, you can't share...media of private individuals without the permission of the person(s) depicted.

What, exactly, does that mean? It's not immediately clear. Many major Twitter users on Tuesday were scrambling to figure that out and speculating on the policy's implications:

It's gonna be pretty wild seeing how this plays out. In the meantime, here's something to think about:


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