Twitter has just updated its policies and has turned tougher on “non-consensual nudity”, and “unwanted sexual advances”. According to the policy update, the social networking platform will permanently suspend the accounts of those indulging in the above. There wouldn’t be any warnings or temporary account suspensions, but a full-blown ban. The company outlined these policies in an email sent to Twitter s Trust and Safety Council, WIRED reported. Also Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases riseAlso Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outage
Twitter has also specified in its new policy what “non-consensual nudity” entails. It includes “upskirt imagery”, “creep shots” and “hidden camera content”, and anyone posting or sharing such stuff would be penalized. The new updated code of conduct would be “rolling out in the weeks ahead”, Twitter stated. It is also making it easier for users to report “unwanted sexual advances”. Even those not directly involved in it will now be empowered to report such behavior on the platform. ALSO READ: Twitter reverses anti-abuse update after user feedback Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
Late last week, in a series of tweets, CEO Jack Dorsey pledged to make Twitter a platform free of abuse and harassment. “We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years,” he tweeted. “Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we re *still* not doing enough… We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them,” he added. He was reacting to the decision of women across the world to leave Twitter for a day as a mark of protest against the toxic abuse, and threats they face daily. ALSO READ: Twitter testing a new feature to report fake news, offensive content
Twitter’s biggest problem has been its inability to curb abuse, harassment and violence, especially targeted at women plenty of whom have even quit the platform out of disgust and disappointment. Even after 11 years of its existence, Twitter has failed to find a definite way to make its network more safe and free of toxicity. The democratic nature of the medium has been its biggest undoing. The Twitter email also stated that it would be introducing new rules against “hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence”. In fact, daily meetings are being held on the issue. If only it could arrest Twitter’s declining user growth!