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Twitter’s new safety policies

Read about the new safety policies being rolled out by Twitter in the coming weeks.


Written by SpunOut | Last updated May 22nd, 2018


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Twitter has announced that they will be rolling out new safety policies over the next few months. The new policies will change some of the rules around what is allowed on Twitter and also aim to improve the experience of reporting a user for inapproriate behaviour.

Here's an outline of some of these changes and what they'll mean for users on Twitter.

Non-consensual nudity

Twitter’s Current Policy

Currently, anyone who posts non-consensual nudity will be asked to delete the tweet and will be temporarily blocked from their account. This happens whether they tweeted the material on purpose or if they unknowingly shared something non-consensual. 

If they post non-consensual nudity again, their account will be permanently suspended.

Twitter’s new policy

Unwanted sexual advances

Twitter’s current policy

Pornography and sexually charged conversation is generally allowed on Twitter. The only time Twitter will take enforcement action is if/when a participant in the conversation reports the conversation. This is because it can be hard to tell if the sexual content is wanted or consensual to a bystander, so it is up to the participant to report it.

A person who is not involved in the conversation cannot report this as an unwanted sexual advance.

Twitter’s new policy

Hate symbols and imagery

Twitter considers hateful imagery to be logos, symbols or images whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin. 

From Monday 18th December 2017, hateful imagery will not be allowed in an account's profile image or profile header. It will be permitted in Tweets, but only when marked as sensitive media. 

Sensitive Media

Violent groups

Twitter's rules around violent groups specify that users cannot make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.

Abusive profile information

Twitter now prohibits using a profile username, display name or bio to engage in abusive behaviour, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group or protected category.

Glorifying violence and violent threats 

Twitter prohibits content that glorifies acts of violence in a way that could inspire others to replicate it and cause real offline danger, or where people were targeted beause of their membership in a protected group.

Click here to find out more about Twitter's range of enforcement options for policy violators. 

Explaining these new rules

In order to make sure Twitter users fully understand the new rules and policies on what is and isn’t allowed on the platform, Twitter will be taking these steps:

Read our fact sheet about staying safe on Twitter.


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