Twitter prohibits posting of private photos, videos, IDs without consent

Twitter has announced that it will not allow sharing of personal media such as photos and videos on its platform without the consent of the person in what they termed as ‘private media’ and said this was part of the ongoing efforts to build tools with privacy and security at the core. Under the policy, publishing other people’s private information, such as phone numbers, addresses, and IDs will not be allowed on the platform.

“There are growing concerns about the misuse of media and information that is not available elsewhere online as a tool to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals. Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm,” said Twitter in a blog post.

The company said misuse of private media can affect everyone but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities noting that it will take action if they receive a report that a Tweet contains unauthorized private media listing some of the enforcement options available.

This announcement has elicited debates within Kenyans on Twitter who were quick to mention the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that has been posting photos, IDs, and contacts of suspects on its social media platforms. While there have been complaints from activists that DCI is humiliating and infringing on the accused persons’ rights to privacy enshrined in the constitution, the state agency has never stopped.

Twitter adds that threatening to publicly expose someone’s private information, sharing information that would enable individuals to hack or gain access to someone’s private information without their consent, and asking for or offering a bounty or financial reward in exchange for posting someone’s private information or asking it in exchange for not posting someone’s private information will not be allowed.

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