piranha solutions are a digital marketing and media advertising agency in Preston, Manchester, Blackpool and Warrington

Posted on
March 12th, 2015    

Twitter Clamps Down On ‘Revenge Porn’

If you keep up to date with the news, you will probably have noticed the increasing number of stories about our privacy and safety on social media platforms.

Some people use these sites to send offensive comments and threats to other users, without ever facing any punishment.

Even the CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, admitted that the site doesn’t have enough procedures in place to protect users from abuse online.

When users share explicit content without the consent from the person who is shown in the photo or video, it is referred to as ‘revenge porn.’

On Wednesday, Twitter made several changes to its terms of service agreement. It now states that “you may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.”

Before this, Twitter only prohibited the sharing of personal information like addresses, social security number and bank details.

Anyone who ignores this new will have their accounts locked and will only be able to access the platform again once the content has been deleted. If any users are using ‘revenge porn’ as a method of harassment, they will have their accounts removed permanently.

Last month, ‘revenge porn’ was made a criminal offence in England and Wales. Anyone who is found guilty of posting graphic content without consent can face up to two year in prison. This also applies to images which are sent via direct message or text.

According to the new law, revenge porn is “photographs or films which show people engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way or with their genitals exposed, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public”.

Twitter are under an enormous amount of pressure to change the way they deal with abusive users, especially since the CEO was caught saying that they “suck at dealing with trolls.” This is definitely a step in the right direction for the social media site, but there is no doubt that more will need to be done to put a stop to ‘revenge porn.’

« Back to Blog