Understanding Twitter’s new privacy policy

Twitter on Tuesday, 30th November 2020 announced an expansion to the platform’s information privacy policy to include media.

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The announcement that came a day after the twitter founder Jack Dorsey announced his resignation from position of CEO has been criticised as targeting the journalists. However, this policy will minimise harassing of anyone including women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.

Under the previous policy, publishing other people’s private information, such as phone numbers, addresses, and IDs, is not allowed-including threatening to expose private information or incentivizing others to do so. In addition to this, sharing unauthorized private media is also not allowed.

Much as Twitter did not come out to explain to what extent the media is private, they explained that the policy is not applicable to media featuring public figures or individuals as long as the accompanying Tweet text is shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.

In case you’re a victim of this abuse, you can report the tweet to twitter and they take action that includes tweet removal, Withholding a Tweet or account in a country and permanent suspension of the violating account. This is always the extreme punishment.

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