Twitter Reveals New Rules to Tackle Pornographic and Hateful Content

As part of fresh plans to take on abuse on the social media site, Twitter is set to introduce new restrictions on pornographic and hateful imagery.

A leaked email to the Trust and Safety Council of the site that was published by Wired – which Twitter has validated to be accurate – stated that the company would instantly and permanently suspend accounts that are identified as the source of nude imagery that are taken without consent.

Hate symbols and other forms of hateful imagery will now also be considered as sensitive media, with its content then hidden behind warning alerts.

“Although we planned on sharing these updates later this week, we hope our approach and upcoming changes, as well as our collaboration with the Trust and Safety Council, show how seriously we are rethinking our rules and how quickly we’re moving to update our policies and how we enforce them,” said a Twitter spokesman to the Press Association.

The Council consists of 50 independent charities and organisations to which Twitter consults on concerns regarding user safety.

The additional rules also include an expanded definition of non-consensual nudity, which now includes “creep shots,” “upskirt” photos, and hidden camera content that are captured without consent.

Twitter said that it would take “enforcement action” against any account that is found to be the source of the said materials.

Action may also be taken against undesired sexual advances, that can now be reported by those who observe these kinds of advances as well as those who receive it.

Twitter also said that it would take steps to do a “better job of explaining our policies and setting expectations for acceptable behaviour on our service.”

The email unveiled plans to introduce a new standalone Help Centre webpage that is aimed to explain the enforcement decisions of the site and to describe policies in more detail.

The social media giant, along with other tech companies including Google and Facebook, has previously been advised by the Government to do more to take on hateful, abusive, and extremist content that develops on their platforms.