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Twitter is Going to Clean Up Nudity and Unwanted Sexual Advances on Its Users

Twitter will no longer tolerate “non-consensual nudity, Unwanted sexual advances, Violence and hate” on Twitter

Twitter is Going to Clean Up Nudity and Unwanted Sexual Advances on Its Users

In the light of Twitter’s temporary suspension of the global boycott of McGowan’s Twitter account, women across the world came in revolt through #WomenBoycottTwitter. Immediately, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey came to the platform’s rescue with tweetstorm promising sweeping changes. We finally have a closer insight into these changes which are “rolling out in the weeks ahead.” In an email sent to Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, the company has released several updates on the existing policies.

 

 

Non-consensual nudity

Twitter is expanding its definition of Non-consensual nudity which now includes upskirt imagery, “creep shots,” and hidden camera content- posting content as this will now receive a stronger attention from Twitter and once the user is confirmed to post such content intentionally to defile a person/ few/ community, their account will be permanently suspended immediately. Reporting these issues will also undergo modifications which are yet to be clarified.

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Unwanted sexual advances

Unlike before when Twitter generally allowed Pornographic content and faced the issue of differentiating unwanted sexual advances from pornography. To eliminate this confusion, the platform will impose stronger vigilance on the ambiguity of certain sexual advances with features like block, mute, etc.

Hate, Violent groups and tweets glorifying the same will now be considered as sensitive media but what Twitter policies against the issues ( someone giving you a death threat) are yet marked under a promise of “more details to come.”

The company ensures that women’s safety on Twitter is at its highest priority as it executes daily meetings for the upcoming updates. With companies based on user content, editorial oversight is an everyday issue but its time for Twitter to sweep up the mess created by its malicious users. The social media platform has been notoriously infamous for cyber bullying and violent organizations to promote their agendas on Twitter, mainly because of the company’s lukewarm filter policies, however, the latest update has come as a ray of hope for Twitter users across the world.

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Here’s the full email, first reported by Wired.

Dear Trust & Safety Council members,

I’d like to follow up on Jack’s Friday night Tweetstorm about upcoming policy and enforcement changes. Some of these have already been discussed with you via previous conversations about the Twitter Rules update. Others are the result of internal conversations that we had throughout last week.

Here’s some more information about the policies Jack mentioned as well as a few other updates that we’ll be rolling out in the weeks ahead.

Non-consensual nudity

Current approach

  • We treat people who are the original, malicious posters of non-consensual nudity the same as we do people who may unknowingly Tweet the content. In both instances, people are required to delete the Tweet(s) in question and are temporarily locked out of their accounts. They are permanently suspended if they post non-consensual nudity again.

Updated approach

  • We will immediately and permanently suspend any account we identify as the original poster/source of non-consensual nudity and/or if a user makes it clear they are intentionally posting said content to harass their target.
  • We will do a full account review whenever we receive a Tweet-level report about non-consensual nudity. If the account appears to be dedicated to posting non-consensual nudity then we will suspend the entire account immediately.
  • Our definition of “non-consensual nudity” is expanding to more broadly include content like upskirt imagery, “creep shots,” and hidden camera content. Given that people appearing in this content often do not know the material exists, we will not require a report from a target in order to remove it. While we recognize there’s an entire genre of pornography dedicated to this type of content, it’s nearly impossible for us to distinguish when this content may/may not have been produced and distributed consensually. We would rather error on the side of protecting victims and removing this type of content when we become aware of it.

Unwanted sexual advances

Current approach

  • Pornographic content is generally permitted on Twitter, and it’s challenging to know whether or not sexually charged conversations and/or the exchange of sexual media may be wanted. To help infer whether or not a conversation is consensual, we currently rely on and take enforcement action only if/when we receive a report from a participant in the conversation.

Updated approach

  • We are going to update the Twitter Rules to make it clear that this type of behavior is unacceptable. We will continue taking enforcement action when we receive a report from someone directly involved in the conversation. Once our improvements to bystander reporting go live, we will also leverage past interaction signals (eg things like block, mute, etc) to help determine whether something may be unwanted and action the content accordingly.

Hate symbols and imagery (new)

  • We are still defining the exact scope of what will be covered by this policy. At a high level, hateful imagery, hate symbols, etc will now be considered sensitive media (similar to how we handle and enforce adult content and graphic violence).

More details to come.

Violent groups (new)

  • We are still defining the exact scope of what will be covered by this policy. At a high level, we will take enforcement action against organizations that use/have historically used violence as a means to advance their cause.

More details to come here as well (including insight into the factors we will consider to identify such groups).

Tweets that glorify violence (new)

  • We already take enforcement action against direct violent threats (“I’m going to kill you”), vague violent threats (“Someone should kill you”) and wishes/hopes of serious physical harm, death, or disease (“I hope someone kills you”). Moving forward, we will also take action against content that glorifies (“Praise be to for shooting up . He’s a hero!”) and/or condones (“Murdering makes sense. That way they won’t be a drain on social services”).

More details to come.

  • We realize that a more aggressive policy and enforcement approach will result in the removal of more content from our service. We are comfortable making this decision, assuming that we will only be removing abusive content that violates our Rules. To help ensure this is the case, our product and operational teams will be investing heavily in improving our appeals process and turnaround times for their reviews.

In addition to launching new policies, updating enforcement processes and improving our appeals process, we have to do a better job explaining our policies and setting expectations for acceptable behavior on our service. In the coming weeks, we will be:

  • updating the Twitter Rules as we previously discussed (+ adding in these new policies)
  • updating the Twitter media policy to explain what we consider to be adult content, graphic violence, and hate symbols.
  • launching a standalone Help Center page to explain the factors we consider when making enforcement decisions and describe our range of enforcement options
  • launching new policy-specific Help Center pages to describe each policy in greater detail, provide examples of what crosses the line, and set expectations for enforcement consequences
  • Updating outbound language to people who violate our policies (what we say when accounts are locked, suspended, appealed, etc).

We have a lot of work ahead of us and will definitely be turning to you all for guidance in the weeks ahead. We will do our best to keep you looped in on our progress.

All the best, Head of Safety Policy

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