Twitter Cracks Down on Revenge Porn

PHOTO: A photo made on Nov. 7, 2013 shows an official Twitter account on a smartphone.Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images
A photo made on Nov. 7, 2013 shows an official Twitter account on a smartphone.

Twitter is stepping up its game when it comes to dealing with revenge porn.

The company's updated terms of service states that users are prohibited from posting "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."

Twitter users can report any unauthorized explicit photos of themselves to the company, which will then review and remove the items in question if it is determined they are unauthorized. Users are allowed to appeal if they feel the removal is unwarranted.

After coming under fire for letting trolls flood Twitter, the company affirmed its commitment last year to improving the abuse reporting process. In December, a set of tools for the Twitter app were rolled out, allowing users to easily report abusive behavior and keep track of people they have blocked.

Twitter's crackdown on revenge porn comes as Reddit implemented a new policy on Tuesday banning sexually explicit photos that are posted without the subject's consent. Anyone with an issue can now flag a photo to expedite its removal.

"No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on reddit," the company's executive team wrote in a post announcing the change. "We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified."