Twitter Updates Service Terms to Ban ‘Revenge Porn’

Mar 12, 2015 12:22 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has become the latest social-media platform to ban "revenge porn," or the posting of sexually explicit images without consent of the subject.

In updated terms of service agreement released Wednesday, Twitter explicitly banned "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."

The update comes following Reddit's announcement last month of a similar ban with an update to its privacy police that bans the posting of nude and sexual images without the consent of the subject.

In the past year revenge porn websites that existed solely to publish such content have exited the Internet at lightning speed after civil and criminal proceedings against its operators.

And, at the same time, numerous states, as well as countries including the U.K., have outlawed revenge-porn practices  

The operator of IsAnybodyDown, Craig Brittain, recently settled with the FTC and was ordered to destroy all images and personal contact information he collected from victims and people who knew them.

Hunter Moore, who founded, also recently agreed to plead guilty on charges of hacking and identity theft.

And operators Eric Chanson and Kevin Bollaert each were ordered to pay $450,000 each in civil damages to a woman whose nude photos of her taken when she was a minor were published on the site. Bollaert also faces up to 20 years in prison, as well.

Twitter’s complete set of rules, including the revenge porn amendments, can be viewed here.

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