Twitter allows users to post photos as long as they don’t violate the company’s policies. However, it seems that those policies will now extend to photos of people. This is according to an announcement by Twitter in which they are essentially banning people from posting photos of other people unless they have their explicit consent.
According to Twitter, “This policy update will help curb the misuse of media to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of private individuals, which disproportionately impacts women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.” The company notes that photos taken of people from public events will generally not violate this policy, so basically this will cover photos taken of people privately.
Sharing images is an important part of folks' experience on Twitter. People should have a choice in determining whether or not a photo is shared publicly. To that end we are expanding the scope of our Private Information Policy. 🧵
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021
It does not seem that Twitter will be actively seeking out photos posted on its platform to check whether or not it violates their guidelines, and will instead rely on first-person reports and then review it, meaning that even if an image is reported, there is a chance it might not necessarily be taken down.
The company notes, “We will take into consideration whether the image is publicly available and/or is being covered by journalists—or if a particular image and the accompanying Tweet text adds value to the public discourse—is being shared in public interest or is relevant to the community.”