Date
24 November 2017
Twitter is expected to announce in the next few weeks new rules aimed at preventing online harassment and misconduct. Photo: Bloomberg
Twitter is expected to announce in the next few weeks new rules aimed at preventing online harassment and misconduct. Photo: Bloomberg

Twitter seeks to toughen rules to curb online harassment, abuse

Twitter plans to toughen its rules on online sexual harassment and impose stronger penalties for misconduct, Reuters reports, citing an email the social media company sent to a group of safety advocates, academics and researchers.

The new guidelines, which are likely be introduced in the next few weeks, include immediate and permanent suspensions of any account Twitter identifies as the original poster or source of non-consensual nudity, the report said.

The site’s definition of non-consensual nudity will also be expanded to include what it called “upskirt imagery, creep shots and hidden camera content”.

The rules were set out in a letter sent to Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council which helps the social media service set its policies.

The micro-blogging platform is also looking to allow bystanders to report unwanted sexual advances, which previously had to be reported by users directly involved in the situation.

Among other initiatives, the company promised to publish more details on a change in policy which would include hate symbols and imagery in its definition of sensitive media.

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