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Twitter's campaign against harassment continues with rules barring revenge porn

By Nathaniel Mott , written on March 12, 2015

From The News Desk

Twitter has taken a stance against revenge porn and the distribution of photos or videos stolen from their subjects.

BuzzFeed reports that the company has updated its terms of service to prevent users from posting “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.”

The updated terms are part of Twitter’s efforts to combat abuse on its network after Dick Costolo, the company’s chief executive, identified its failure to respond to user harassment as one of its worst failings.

As he said in a post on Twitter’s internal communications tool:

We HAVE to be able to tell each other the truth, and the truth that everybody in the world knows is that we have not effectively dealt with this problem even remotely to the degree we should have by now, and that’s on me and nobody else. So now we’re going to fix it, and I’m going to take full responsibility for making sure that the people working night and day on this have the resources they need to address the issue, that there are clear lines of responsibility and accountability, and that we don’t equivocate in our decisions and choices.
In the weeks since that mea culpa was made public, Twitter has already made it easier for users to report harassment and made it harder for known trolls to make new accounts from which they can abuse people. Costolo is keeping his promise.

It’s not the only company taking harassment — or the publication of nude images without their subjects’ consent — more seriously. Reddit, which previously played host to a celebrity nude photo leak known as “the Fappening,” has done the same.