Social Media companies are finally starting to ramp up their policies in what appears to be a global push to make online spaces safer for kids.
For instance, in March, Twitter updated their platform policies. It includes rules such as:
- “You may not […] share […] adult content within live video or in profile or header images.”
- “Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted.”
- “[Y]ou can’t include […] adult content within areas that are highly visible on Twitter, including in live video, profile or header images. If you share this content within Tweets, you need to mark your account as sensitive. Doing so places images and videos behind an interstitial (or warning message), that needs to be acknowledged before your media can be viewed. Using this feature means that people who don’t want to see sensitive media can avoid it, or make an informed decision before they choose to view it.”
- “There are […] some types of sensitive media content that we don’t allow at all. […] We group sensitive media content into the following categories:
- Graphic violence — […] Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of: […] bodily fluids including blood, feces, semen etc. Note: exceptions may be made for documentary or educational content.
- Adult content — Adult content is any consensually produced and distributed media that is pornographic or intended to cause sexual arousal. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of: full or partial nudity, including close-ups of genitals, buttocks, or breasts (excluding content related to breastfeeding); simulated sexual acts; and sexual intercourse or other sexual acts — this also applies to cartoons, hentai, or anime involving humans or depictions of animals with human-like features. Note: exceptions may be made for artistic, medical, health, or educational content."
- Violent sexual conduct and gratuitous gore — Violent sexual conduct is any media that depicts violence, whether real or simulated, in association with sexual acts. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of: rape and other forms of violent sexual assault, or sexual acts that occur without the consent of participants, including a simulated lack of consent; and sexualized violence — inflicting physical harm on an individual within an intimate setting, where it is not immediately obvious if those involved have consented to take part."
- Gratuitous gore is any media that depicts […] violent content that is shared for sadistic purposes.
you can’t include […] adult content […] within live video, profile, or header images.". We prohibit violent sexual conduct to prevent the normalization of sexual assault and non-consensual violence associated with sexual acts. […] you can’t share images or videos that depict violent sexual conduct on Twitter. Note: very limited exceptions may be made for gory media associated with newsworthy events."
- "You can share graphic violence and consensually produced adult content within your Tweets, provided that you mark this media as sensitive."
The enforcement action Twitter takes depends on the type of media and where it has been shared. Keep reading for more rules and click here to report content.