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Twitter Strikes Down Revenge Porn and Doxxing

Twitter has recently announced a series of new rules, policies and measures to put a stop to various sorts of abuse on the social platform. These types of abuse include revenge porn, online bullying, harassment, threatening and “doxxing”.

In case you are wondering, doxxing is the practice of publishing a person’s name and address without their consent and/or knowledge.

Twitter Acts Against Revenge Porn and Online Harassment

This is a serious step taken by Twitter, whose CEO recently declared that the social network hasn’t been doing a great job at dealing with trolls. As Mashable reports, Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO, said, “we suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day”.

In its updated policy page titled “The Twitter Rules”, the company stated “You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent” which is a direct crackdown on revenge porn.

Twitter adds “You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.” In a nutshell, doxxing is out.

You may not know this, but Britain has just outlawed posting sexual images of a person without their consent. It made the act punishable by up to two years in prison. This is considered as a big feat for victims of revenge porn.

It is not just Twitter that is cracking on revenge porn. Reddit just changed its rules last month regarding trolling, doxxing and revenge porn.

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