It looks like even more censorship is coming to Twitter.
Twitter announced it will ban the sharing of images and videos of “private individuals” that are shared without those people’s consent.
Many are now theorizing that this will lead to a crackdown on riot coverage and investigative journalism.
BREAKING: Twitter has announced it will ban the sharing of images and videos of "private individuals" without their consent, leading to fears the platform will crack down on investigative journalism, and stop the exposure of violent riots@NationalFile https://t.co/8jlJBFOVB1
— Jack Hadfield 👍🇬🇧 (@JackHadders) November 30, 2021
Twitter has announced it will ban the sharing of images and videos of “private individuals” without their consent, leading to fears the platform will crack down on investigative journalism, and stop the exposing of violent riots and other crimes.
On Monday, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, stepped down as CEO, and was immediately replaced by Parag Agrawal, the former Chief Technology Officer for the Big Tech company. Following his appointment, it was discovered that Agrawal had previously claimed that Twitter should not “focus on free speech,” follows a Soros-funded anti-free speech organization, and also has liked tweets that compare conservatives to ISIS, suggest people give money to BLM rioters, and liken COVID arguments to a “religious war.”
Only one day later, Twitter announced extremely strict new censorship rules. The Big Tech platform announced that they were expanding their “private information policy,” designed to stop people from being doxed on Twitter, to also include photos and videos that are posted of “private individuals” without their consent.
“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,” Twitter Safety wrote in a blog post. “Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm.” They confirmed that if a person in said media, or an “authorized representative” contacted the site, they will remove it.
Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down and was replaced by Parag Agrawal.
Agrawal admitted in an interview in 2020 that he believes Twitter should not be bound by the First Amendment.
Former CTO and new Twitter CEO Agrawal in November 2020 interview: "Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment… focus[ing] less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed."
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 29, 2021
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