A note to the idiot users of Twitter. If you are thinking of posting revenge porn, Twitter has officially banned it. The move comes after Twitter CEO Dick Costolo admitted the company ‘sucks’ at tackling online trolls. You think?

For those that do not know what revenge porn is, it is when a user uploads explicit photos or video without the consent of the person featured. The new rules under Twitter’s privacy tab lay it out.

“You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.”

If you are a victim of a revenge porn attack, Twitter does require you verify your identity with the company. The offending account will be locked until the material is deleted, and repeat morons will have their account suspended.

Doxxing Ban

Another rule in place is the ban of doxxing a user. This is the practice of posting personal, identifying information without the user’s consent. The same rule applies. The account gets locked at first, and suspended on repeat offenses.

If legal cases form around either, Twitter says the company will provide the personal information of the offending user if asked.

Will it work?

The nature of social media, especially Twitter, is anonymity. You can create multiple accounts in minutes. Can Twitter do more? Yes, but they need states and the federal government to step in. Make these actions a crime.

Playing whack-a-mole on social media with trolls only helps so much. Take a suggestion from Jennifer Lawrence, the most high profile victim of the celebrity nude leaks last year on Reddit.

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Make revenge porn a sex crime. Toss doxxing into identity theft. After a few cases of trolls being tossed in jail, most of the simpletons will think twice about harassing people online.

England and Wales have already moved on revenge porn. New legislation will make it a crime, with offenders facing two years in jail. I know the U.S. Congress is loathe to work, so I think a simple copy/paste job of that bill would work.

Overcrowded jails? Quit arresting people for marijuana use and possession. Another problem solved.

Twitter on Trolls

Dick Costolo’s comment came from a leaked memo last month. “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years.”

“It’s no secret that the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.”

It’s not just trolls ruining the experience of Twitter. Reports have as many as 90,000 accounts supporting ISIS on Twitter.

Change is coming to Twitter, and the faster the company acts, the better for its core users.

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