Twitter Updates Privacy Policy to Control Images and Videos

( Well, that didn’t take long. Just one day in his new job as Twitter’s CEO, Parag Agrawal made his first move.

On Tuesday, Twitter announced it was revising its privacy policy to block the sharing of photos or videos if they include people who did not give their consent.

In a blog post announcing the revision, Twitter said such video or images could “potentially violate a person’s privacy” and could “lead to emotional or physical harm.” Of course, Super Woke Twitter points out that this “harm” is more likely to impact “women, activists, dissidents, and members of the minority communities.”

To enforce the new policy, Twitter will require a “first-person report” of the media in question, or from an authorized representative. Once Twitter receives a report, the media will then be reviewed “before any enforcement action is taken.”

The new policy will not apply to any media featuring public figures or when the media and its accompanying tweet are “shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.” Who precisely determines the “value to public discourse” is unclear.

While images of public figures will be permitted, Twitter explains in its blog post that if the purpose for posting images of public figures or individuals is to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence them, the company will remove the content under its policy against “abusive behavior.”

In its blog post, Twitter explained that it will “always try to assess the context” of media that is shared on its platform. Twitter will consider whether the image posted is publicly available or is being featured by “traditional” media outlets like newspapers, TV news, or online news sites. It will also consider if an image is “relevant to the community.”

While the company’s privacy policy already barred the sharing of private information like addresses, phone numbers, and financial data, this latest move is part of Twitter’s efforts “to align our safety policies with human rights standards.”

The new policy takes effect immediately.