Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey steps down, and company announces new rules against doxxing

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The CEO and founder of Twitter has stepped down. Jack Dorsey is going to focus on another business he founded, the digital payment company Square, and Twitter will be led by Parag Agrawal, a board member and the former chief technology office. Dorsey remain on the board of directors until the 2022 stockholder meeting.

On Tuesday, the company also announced a tightening of its policy against doxxing, or the sharing of private information without permission. It will no longer allow sharing of personal media such as photos and videos on its platform without the consent of the person shown in the media.

Twitter already has a privacy policy that prohibits spreading people’s private information around, such as addresses, phone numbers and other identifiers.

“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. The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities. When we receive a report that a Tweet contains unauthorized private media, we will now take action in line with our range of enforcement options,” the company said in a release.

“While our existing policies and Twitter Rules cover explicit instances of abusive behavior, this update will allow us to take action on media that is shared without any explicit abusive content, provided it’s posted without the consent of the person depicted. This is a part of our ongoing work to align our safety policies with human rights standards, and it will be enforced globally starting today,” the company said.

How it will police this policy is another matter. On average, there are about 500 million tweet messages sent every day on the platform.

As of today, users won’t be able to share on Twitter 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 are also not allowed: 

  • 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.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. These new rules appear (specifically regarding photos/videos) to be specifically targeted at independent/citizen journalists reporting “unapproved” news (e.g., Andrew Ngo’s reporting on Antifa).

  2. No pics or vids without the permission of the person in that media? Good luck. This takes censorship to an entirely new level. No doubt that this will be enforced only on the conservative side of the aisle. This will be another nail, and hopefully the last, in the coffin of this social media platform.

    • No, but it will be among the last nails in America’s coffin, as a majority of her citizens duly line up for their next dose of poison. Sheep to the slaughter. Go ahead and allow Bezos, Zuck, Soros, Dorsey, and all their ilk have access to every facet of your lives. You shall truly reap what they sow.
      Baaaah baaaah.

  3. If you’re looking for an alternative to big tech, check out the growing world of distributed social media happening on the Fediverse:

    ‘https://jointhefedi.com/’

  4. Tritter and Facebook is dying by their own hands. Most people and businesses don’t want to be around democrat vitriol.
    Most people if they hadn’t completely left social media they have jumped ships to a more positive and equal minded social media platform.

    • Twitter stocks I heard has been falling and by this announcement it slightly rose when the CEO was outgoing resigned effective immediately. The Woke Culture is not working out in theirs and the companies favor for these social media giants.

  5. Twitter, Instagram, Fakebook and several others are all tools of the cabal. Runaway, runaway as fast as you can! Watch what Glenn Beck has to say about all of this in his Crimes or Cover-up piece. I can’t post the actual link you must remove the double quotes, but it can be found at “”https://youtu.be/91Ib5NjSZ-o””. The “truth” will set us free. We must unite and civilly push back against this terrible collusion or crimes against humanity. I want to be on the Righteous side of this when my grandchildren as what did you do in the War Against the Cabal? All lies must be revealed. Do your own research and connect the dots.

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