Twitter has announced a new policy that cracks down on the type of photos and videos users are able to share on the platform.
Background: Last year, Twitter was accused of censorship after the platform permanently banned former President Donald Trump and a number of other conservative voices. Since then, lawmakers and users have continued to call out Twitter noted bias between conservative and liberal users.
Context: Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced his resignation on Monday. On the same day, Twitter announced CTO Parag Agrawal would become the platform’s new CEO.
What Happened: on Monday, Twitter also unveiled a stricter policy on how users will be able to share photos and videos.
“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,” the company said. “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. (per Townhall)
Why It Matters: While many celebrated Dorsey’s exit there are already growing concerns about his successor. Agrawal has made concerning past remarks about censorship, including claiming Twitter should be exempt from the First Amendment.
What Republicans Say: Many conservatives are already sounding the alarm on Twitter’s new boss.
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