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Twitter announces more censorship for interest of ‘public interest’

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Twitter has updated his policy on personal information to cover videos and photos of private individuals shared without their consent, unless this is done by inheritance media, in “public interest “, or other context that they approve of of.

“Personal sharing media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy and could lead to emotional or physical damage. Improper use of private media it can affect everyone, but it can have a disproportionate effect effect on women, activists, dissidents and members of minority communities “ Twitter security division She said on Tuesday.





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The company therefore decided to add “media of private individuals without permission of the person or persons depicted “ to the category of “personal information” not allowed on the platform. Addresses, identity documents, telephone numbers, e-mails and bank information of private individuals have already got banned under Twitter doxing policy.

This policy update “want allow us Act on media which is shared without any explicit abuse content, provided it is posted without consent of the person depicted “ Twitter said.

Does not apply to media with public digits, or when media they are shared “in the public interest or add value a public speech,” However. A specific cutout appears to be sharing images or videos of private individuals “in an effort for help someone involved in a crisis situation, like in the aftermath of a violent event, or as a part of a noteworthy piece of news event due to public interest value “, which “Could exceed the safety risks for a person “.

Twitter “I will always try to evaluate the context in which content is shared “ including if it is in course “Covered by the mainstream /traditional media” or “adds value for the public speech, is shared in public interest, or is relevant to the community. “

Reactions to the policy update they were mostly negative. “Twitter implements a new rule in so that it can selectively ban memes, the mockery of Democrats “ And how the conservative-Federalist backed reported the policy modify.

Conservative expert Dana Loesch She said this will be allow Twitter for “muzzle” independent journalists, leave “Corporate press” set narratives, and silent undercover reportage by the likes of Veritas project. Independent journalist Tim Pool tweeted That “Journalism is in largely prohibited on twitter basically.”

The new rule it seems “Poorly thought out” tweeted digital rights advocate Evan Greer, asking “how long before cops try to abuse it to get videos of brutality taken down? “

As written, the update And “not only vague, but literally inapplicable “, discussed Shayan Sardarizadeh, BBC “disinformation” reporter. “How do you define a private individual in different jurisdictions? What exactly is a public setting and what it is in the public interest? What’s this traditional media? This is a minefield. “

The policy update comes less than a day after co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped in down as CEO of Twitter, naming Parag Agrawal as his successor. Agrawal is best known for in November 2020 interview in who said of Twitter role And “Not be bound by the First Amendment”.

“So, we focused way less on what’s up? true and what is it? false. we focus way more on potential for bad as a result of Certain content be amplified on the platform without an appropriate context “, Agrawal also said in due time.

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