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  • Meerelle Cruz

Twitter's Unauthorized Use Of Private Media And Individual Depictions Regulations Have Been Updated

With the expansion of its private information policy to now include "private media," which refers to photographs posted through tweets without the authorization of the person depicted in them, Twitter is looking to beef up its enforcement around the misuse of people's private content.

Sharing personal data, such as photographs or videos, can jeopardize a person's privacy and cause emotional or physical harm. Misuse of private media can impact everyone, but women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority populations are disproportionately affected.

In keeping with this, Twitter has announced that it will now take action by its existing privacy enforcement measures if it gets a notification that a Tweet contains unlawful private media. Limiting tweet visibility, demanding tweet removal, burying a tweet while awaiting enforcement, and, in the worst-case scenario, account suspensions and bans are all options.

Since 2017, Twitter has had standards in place regarding revenge porn,' which state that users may not upload or share personal images or videos of another person that were taken or distributed without their permission. Though similar rules, at least in extreme cases, have been in place for some time, Twitter's new expansion appears to be more focused on doxxing and outing certain individuals in the expanded application. It's just that Twitter is now bringing them into its broader policy, and ideally, making more users aware of such restrictions.

The policy does not apply 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," according to Twitter, which also states that images and videos of people participating in public events, such as large-scale protests and sporting events, would not generally be considered violations of the policy.

As a result, there are some exceptions for newsworthy or public-interest talks, which Twitter will consider on an individual basis. However, it may aid in providing more user protection and raising awareness of user rights in circumstances when their image has been exploited without their agreement. However, it has the potential to confuse. Will you violate the new regulations if you don't have the permission of everyone who appears in a video or photograph you tweet?

Yes and no; for Twitter to enforce this, it must first receive a complaint from the person or people depicted, or an authorized representative. In the vast majority of situations, these people will not issue a takedown request, but if they do, you will most likely be required to remove it if Twitter determines that the complaint is relevant grounds for concern. So, while there may be some modifications in how such violations are dealt with, for the most part, regulations have previously existed in some form for the most obvious and detrimental cases.

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