Twitter Terms Of Service Update Reportedly Ramps Up Censorship Of Porn
Twitter Censorship

Twitter recently updated their terms of service to further police graphic content in response to the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand. Some people may have noticed the changes, others may not. The change came just months after Twitter began cracking down on loli content, which drove thousands of Japanese users off of the social media platform and over to Pawoo.

According to a report on Xbiz, they decided to dig further into the terms of service update, and noticed that in the breakdown, there were new updates for the “Sensitive Media Policy”, where Twitter prohibits adult content in header or profile images, as well as prohibiting the sharing of any media depicting sexual violence or assault. They also no longer want adult content of any kind being shared without the account being labeled as containing “Sensitive Material”.

Twitter defines “Adult Content” as the following…

“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.”

As stated, this includes accounts that share ecchi content, hentai, anime, manga, doujin, CG artwork, and even furries. Yes, even furries will be affected by this.

Additionally, you can no longer include adult content in areas that are “highly visible on Twitter”, including live video, profile, or header images, as mentioned in the previous paragraph. You’ll need to mark your account as containing sensitive material if you do decide to share such content, meaning that those who share ecchi images, those who share lewd fan-service works, or those promoting content that may not be porn but crosses into that area may be affected as well.

[Update:] Also, even if your account is marked as NSFW for “Sensitive Material”, if you regularly share content that Twitter deems as “hateful” imagery or material, or if the content contains sexual violence or non-consensual content, your account may be permanently suspended. This also includes photo-editing. If you use Deep Fakes or Deep Nudes on people who did not consent to the edits, your account may be terminated on the grounds of sharing non-consensual nudes. This is explained in the “Non-consensual” section of the new policy updates, where they explain…

“Under this policy, you can’t post or share explicit images or videos that were taken, appear to have been taken or that were shared without the consent of the people involved.

“Examples of the types of content that violate this policy include, but are not limited to: hidden camera content featuring nudity, partial nudity, and/or sexual acts; creepshots or upskirts – images or videos taken of people’s buttocks, up an individual’s skirt/dress or other clothes that allows people to see the person’s genitals, buttocks, or breasts; images or videos that superimpose or otherwise digitally manipulate an individual’s face onto another person’s nude body; images or videos that are taken in an intimate setting and not intended for public distribution; and offering a bounty or financial reward in exchange for intimate images or videos.”

The update comes after the Christchurch, New Zealand shooting, where big tech began targeting “hateful” and “extremist” content. However, Xbiz noticed that the terms of service seemed to step outside of prohibiting terrorist content and slyly added sexual content to the censorship agenda as well.

As noted in the policy update, if you violate the new terms of service, you’ll receive a warning and a temporary suspension. A second violation will result in permanent suspension and account closure. It reads…

“The enforcement action we take depends on the type of media you have shared, and where you have shared it:

 

“Adult content: Live video and profile images — the first time you violate this policy, we will require you to remove this content. We will also temporarily lock you out of your account before you can Tweet again. If you violate this policy again after your first warning, your account will be permanently suspended. Sending someone unsolicited […] adult content — if you target someone with sensitive media in a clearly abusive or unsolicited way, we’ll require you to remove it under our abusive behavior policy. Accounts dedicated to posting sensitive media — your account may be permanently suspended if the majority of your activity on Twitter is sharing sensitive media.

 

“Violent sexual conduct: If you share media that depicts violent sexual conduct […] anywhere on Twitter, we will require you to remove this content. If your account is dedicated to posting this type of content, your account will be immediately permanently suspended.”

The real story here, however, is that while Twitter proclaims the update took place in March, the new terms weren’t actually visible for the public until early June.

If you check the Wayback Machine, the “March Update” doesn’t publicly appear on their website until June 7th, 2019. If you check the entry just before that on May 26th, 2019,  you’ll note that the public terms of service policy still hadn’t been updated. If you go all the way back to March, the terms and conditions regarding sensitive material were not published. Either this update was silently rolled out internally at Twitter since March but they haven’t been enforcing it, or they’re just now making the policies public and looking to enforce them now that they’re visible to everyone.

So while it might seem like this is tackling old news, technically it’s new news since the public update on Twitter’s site only just went live a couple of weeks ago.

This means that Twitter snuck this in and will likely start enforcing it immediately. This also means if you have any kind of adult content in your profile or banner, you may want to remove it as quickly as possible. Also if you share adult or fan-service related content frequently, you may want to set your account to “Sensitive material” to avoid getting hit with a suspension.

(Thanks for the news tip FanServiceAvenger)

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