Extremists exploit Twitter’s new private media policy: The Tribune India

San Francisco, December 5

Twitter mistakenly suspended several accounts of anti-extremist researchers after extremist groups began exploiting its new private media policy, media reported.

The new rules were announced just a day after Indian-born Parag Agrawal took over from co-founder Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter.

According to a Washington Post report, extremist groups began to abuse the new Twitter system shortly after its launch.

They have used platforms like Telegram and Gab to organize against anti-extremist accounts that expose and follow white supremacists in hate rallies.

The extremists “had these accounts suspended and removed their personal photos.”

Twitter has since launched an internal investigation into the matter and made the necessary corrections.

Twitter’s new policy, which allows individuals to request removal of photos or videos containing them, has become the target of far-right activists seeking to remove photos of themselves taken at hate rallies.

The microblogging platform had said that the private media policy was put in place to “curb the misuse of the media to harass, intimidate and reveal the identity of individuals which disproportionately affects women, men and women. activists, dissidents and members of minority communities. “However, it is not clear how he plans to take steps to further clarify private media policy.

According to The Post, some researchers have learned that their accounts have been suspended for violating the platform’s rules “against posting media from an individual from a country recognized by privacy law.” “URGENT: As we feared, @TwitterSafety is already locking and suspending the accounts of researchers on extremism under its new policy of ‘private media’,” tweeted Chad Loder, activist and researcher based in Los Angeles.

Twitter admitted it had been hit by “a significant number” of unwarranted reports, resulting in “a dozen erroneous suspensions.” IANS

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