In a new rule announced on Tuesday, Twitter will now block users from posting private images of others without their consent.
Apart from celebrities and public figures, Twitter will now require consent from people who are featured in the image of a user’s post, as a means of safeguarding privacy. Under the new rules, people who are not public figures can ask Twitter to take down pictures or videos of them that they report were posted without permission.
In a statement announcing the rule, Twitter said, “This policy does not apply to public figures or individuals when media and accompanying tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse. We will always try to assess the context in which the content is shared and, in such cases, we may allow the images or videos to remain on the service.”
Unsure of how the policy would work, several users asked the company to clarify exactly how the tightened policy would work. In their blog, Twitter now mentions, “When we are notified by individuals depicted, or by an authorized representative, that they did not consent to have their private image or video shared, we will remove it.”