Twitter’s new photo permission policy was intended to combat online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right supporters are using it to shield themselves from scrutiny and harass opponents.
Even the social network acknowledged the rollout of rules it says anyone can ask Twitter It was influenced by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors, to remove images of themselves posted without their consent.
It was exactly the same kind of trouble for anti-racism advocates worried since the policy was announced this week.
“Anyone with a Twitter account will be reporting doxing posts from the following accounts,” said the message, along with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.
Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report on Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said was a march organized by the ultra-right-wing group the Proud Boys A local political candidate was shown in
Instead of appealing with Twitter it opted to remove the images and alert others of what was happening.
“Twitter is incredibly dangerous to remove (my) work from their platform and to enable and encourage fascists,” he told AFP.
But the rules “do not apply to public figures or individuals when the media and their accompanying tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”
As of Friday, Twitter noted that the roll out was rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”
“We have corrected those errors and are conducting an internal review to ensure that this policy is used as intended,” the firm said.