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Against abuse, Twitter will ban posts with upskirt and hidden camera

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Twitter is preparing an update to its content policy to prevent abusive posts from spreading. The microblog reveals that it will act more aggressively in these cases, immediately suspending users and posts related to non-consensual nudity – such as photos upskirts (under the skirt) and made with hidden cameras -, hate symbols, violent groups and tweets that encourage violence are also on the list.

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2 of 3 Twitter CEO wants to combat abusive content on the platform – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter

Twitter CEO wants to combat abusive content on the platform – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter

Part of the changes can be seen in an email – revealed by Wired magazine – sent to members of the microblogging Trust and Security Council. The text was written by the head of the service’s Security Policy in response to a series of tweets by its CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Friday (13).

In the messages on his own profile, Dorsey comments on Twitter’s efforts to prevent “voices from being silenced” since 2015 and outlines the general guidelines for the new policy, which should be officially released and adopted in a few weeks.

3 of 3 Jack Dorsey comments on the social network’s efforts to prevent «voices from being silenced». – Photo: Playback / Twitter

Jack Dorsey comments on the social network’s efforts to prevent «voices from being silenced». – Photo: Playback / Twitter

The details of the new rules and how they will be enforced are not yet complete and the information released by internal email to members of the Twitter Board refers to the general proposals for the new policy.

An example is the new approach with non-consensual nudity:

«We will immediately and permanently suspend any account identified as the original source of non-consensual nudity or if the user makes it clear that they are posting this content with the intention of harassing them,» says the email.

It is worth noting that the microblog now considers upskirts images (which show women’s underwear under their skirts or dresses), creep shots (which show women on their backs wearing tights) and videos made with hidden cameras without any consensual nudity. authorization.

The new policy also addresses that posts and users related to images or messages with hate symbols, violent groups and tweets that incite violence will be suspended in the same way. The microblogging platform itself recognizes that some of these topics are subjective and should result in the removal of more publications from the service.

«We feel comfortable making this decision, assuming we’re only going to remove abusive content that violates our rules. To ensure that this happens, our product operational teams will invest heavily in improving our review resource process,» mail.

In addition to implementing stricter rules, the social network also plans to create a help page to explain the factors taken into account when making these decisions and update the language used in contact emails to inform users that their accounts have been blocked by them reasons.