Twitter has toughened its stance on online sexual harassment and abuse in an email to its Trust and Safety Council published by Wired. Fred Katayama reports.
Twitter will immediately and permanently suspend any account that is the original source of non-consensual nudity. Twitter's Head of Safety said that in an email sent to the company's Trust and Safety Council and published by Wired. The email says, Twitter's definition of non-consensual nudity is expanding to include "upskirt imagery, 'creep shots,' and hidden camera content." It also promises more policy changes regarding hate symbols and imagery. Mashable's Karry Flynn. (SOUNDBITE) KERRY FLYNN, BUSINESS REPORTER, MASHABLE (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think it's a really big deal for Twitter to actually take abuse seriously on the platform because it's been criticized for a while. It's a pretty small company, when you compare it to Facebook. And A lot of these days, people ask 'why should I be on Twitter?' And it's a hard thing to say. It's like well, you can get your news from it. There is also a lot of abuse. Maybe it's not the best place for you to actually have conversations on and we saw about a year ago today, they were in those conversations of being bought, because they're this company that maybe is not as profitable as others. and there were reports that Disney, which was one of the suitors, decided to back down in part because of abuse and trolls being so preferent." The change comes days after women's groups boycotted Twitter to protest the suspention of Rose McGowan's account in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harrasement scandal.