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Twitter has prohibited the uploading of nonconsensual images that qualify as either stolen or “revenge porn,” which means users’ accounts will be locked if they fail to comply.

Twitter is officially cracking down on revenge porn and doxing (personally identifiable information about an individual.) on the microblogging website. While the move doesn’t come as a major surprise to anyone, Twitter is just another one of the names in the tech industry that are handling revenge porn, and unauthorized nudes – with more discretion than ever before. Even going as far as creating a set of rules that will attempt to control and curb the content that is being posted online.

“Revenge porn” has grown to become one of the saddest, but most-common, forms of hatred on the Internet today. The basic premise behind it is uploading images or videos that compromise the credibility of the individual that the person was at one time intimate with. The problem with “revenge porn,” is that it’s ultimately shared in an unauthorized fashion – which means that the person who is having intimate photos shared – likely does not want those photos made public.

In the updated rules, Twitter points out, “You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” For those who share these types of photographs or videos – accounts will begin getting locked as soon as Twitter has had the content reported. It would appear as though Twitter is going to take these reports seriously – as they have collectively begun policing their network more thoroughly – after a rough 2014 – as it pertained to actual violence toward women.

This though is an issue that primarily impacts women. While this type of thing impacts some men – it’s just another example of how unfair the Internet is when it comes to policing hatred and crimes against women. Many states have already passed laws that actually prevent individuals from sharing nude photographs or videos with anyone without the consent of the individual who originally took or was in the image.

The move as a whole has become Twitter’s motto as of late. They are pushing their moderators to be swifter in their handling of personal issues like this – and it will ultimately make the product better for Twitter. Even better is that it will truly begin cleaning up the social network that needs a lot of tidying up.

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