Twitter Joins Reddit in Banning ‘Revenge Porn’

Twitter bans revenge porn. The Twitter logo is displayed at the entrance of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kimihiro Hoshino, AFP/Getty Images)
Twitter bans revenge porn. The Twitter logo is displayed at the entrance of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kimihiro Hoshino, AFP/Getty Images)

Twitter is the latest Internet company to crack down on “revenge porn” with explicit rules that ban the posting of naked photographs and videos without the permission of the person in the photograph or video.

“You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent,” Twitter said in updated rules.

Reddit banned revenge porn last month.

Last year a 4Chan poster hacked into celebrities’ iCloud accounts and posted naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton among others on a Reddit subgroup, “The Fappening.” Reddit allowed the photos to remain on the site.

Activists applauded Reddit and now Twitter for taking action to prohibit revenge porn.

“It is a gratifying move, one sorely needed and appreciated,” said University of Maryland law professor Danielle Keats Citron, author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. “Twitter’s approach strikes a good balance: Victims can report revenge porn as abuse and then have to confirm that it is an image featuring them that they don’t want online. This protects victims so long as moderators move quickly and insulates against false claims by anti-porn activists.”

More than a dozen states including California have passed laws prohibiting the distribution of nude photos or videos without the subject’s consent.

The Communications Decency Act protects website owners from being held liable for the content users post on their websites, making it difficult for authorities to go after them.

But some accused of profiting from revenge porn are facing legal consequences.

Kevin Bollaert, a revenge porn site operator from California was found guilty of 27 counts of identity theft and extortion for posting naked photos without the consent of the women in the photos. Bollaert charged the women at least $300 to have the photos removed.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn

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