Twitter announced a new policy banning the sharing of pictures or videos of individuals without their consent just one day after Parag Agrawal was named CEO. They have expanded their private information policy to include private media. However, it should come as no surprise once Agrawal became CEO that these changes were implemented. Agrawal has claimed in the past that Twitter should not focus on free speech. He has also been known to like tweets that focus on the radical left-wing agenda.


“There are growing concerns about the misuse of media and information that is not available elsewhere online as a tool to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals. Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy and may lead to emotional or physical harm.” – Twitter Safety.

Many people had concerns that the new policy would shut down voices from conservative media outlets that perform investigative journalism. The policy could also prevent individuals from sharing footage from violent BLM or Antifa protests.

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Here is an excerpt from the new Twitter policy.

What is in violation of this policy?
Under our private information policy, you can’t share the following types of private information or media, without the permission of the person who it belongs to:

  • home address or physical location information, including street addresses, GPS coordinates, or other identifying information related to locations that are considered private;
  • identity documents, including government-issued IDs and social security or other national identity numbers – note: we may make limited exceptions in regions where this information is not considered to be private;
  • contact information, including non-public personal phone numbers or email addresses;
  • financial account information, including bank account and credit card details; and
  • other private information, including biometric data or medical records.
  • NEW: media of private individuals without the permission of the person(s) depicted.

The following behaviors are also not permitted: 

  • threatening to publicly expose someone’s private information;
  • sharing information that would enable individuals to hack or gain access to someone’s private information without their consent,e.g., sharing sign-in credentials for online banking services;
  • asking for or offering a bounty or financial reward in exchange for posting someone’s private information;
  • asking for a bounty or financial reward in exchange for not posting someone’s private information, sometimes referred to as blackmail.

The full policy can be found here. 

This piece was written by Zach Heilman on November 30, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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