How to report revenge porn to Twitter

" Revenge porn" is when people distribute nude or sexual explicit images and/or videos without the consent of their victims. It's a really vile thing to do, but it's a reality we must acknowledge. Some states and countries are slowly starting to react against it, but until they will be able to help "revenge porn" victims, it may take a while. Fortunately, the Internet is much faster when it comes to… well, almost anything. In a few of our previous articles we've talked about what Google, Microsoft and Facebook can do to help you in case you fall prey to "revenge porn". Today, we're going to look at what Twitter can do for you in such cases. Without further ado, let's see how you can report "revenge porn" on Twitter:

What will Twitter do for you, if you are a victim of "revenge porn"?

Twitter is a social media platform and they cannot remove "revenge porn" content from other websites than their own. When they receive a valid "revenge porn" report they can only take the action of removing the tweets that contain the nude or sexually explicit materials that you reported. They can also take action against the Twitter account from which those tweets originated.

However, you should keep in mind that Twitter doesn't consider "revenge porn" content to be a violation of their policy if those images and/or videos were previously posted elsewhere on the Internet. We believe that this is not exactly a good approach from their part. Say that you are a victim of "revenge porn" and nude or sexually explicit photos and/or videos with you were previously posted on another website, and only afterwards they appear on Twitter. In this case, Twitter won't help you. We think that they should reconsider their policy on this matter.

Here's Twitter's statement about their policy on private and confidential information:

“When we receive a complete and valid report that private information has been posted on Twitter, we'll investigate the account and Tweets reported. We will review where, if anywhere, the information has been made publicly available before taking action on the account or Tweets. If the information you reported was previously posted elsewhere on the Internet, it is not a violation of our policy and we will not take action.”

How to report "revenge porn" to Twitter

If you are a victim of "revenge porn" or if you have information about a person whose right to intimacy has been violated, Twitter offers a web form which you can use to report the distribution of private information, including nude or sexual images and/or videos published without the victim's consent.

You can find Twitter's web form for reporting exposed private information, including "revenge porn" here: I'm reporting exposed private information.

The form is simple and straightforward to use. First of all, you'll need to tell Twitter if the "revenge porn" content is directed at you or at someone else and specify that the report you make is about "An unauthorized photo or video".

Then, the web form will also ask you which is the Twitter account that posted the "revenge porn" materials and which are the URLs of those tweets. You can also add a description if you need to. For instance, if the "revenge porn" images or videos were posted on Twitter by more than one person or if you have some legal documents against that person, you should let Twitter know about it in the description area.

Finally, the web form will ask you who you are. Enter your location, your email, your Twitter username (if you have one - this field is optional) and sign your report by entering your full name.

Press the Submit button and you're done. Now all there is left for you to do is wait for Twitter to take action.

Conclusion

Twitter is one of the largest social media networks in the world and it's good to see that they are taking some steps against "revenge porn". However, we think that their policy is too loose and forgiving of people posting tweets with "revenge porn" content. In our opinion they should always take action against such activities on their social network, even though the original materials were posted somewhere else on the Web. What do you think about Twitter’s policy on this matter? Let us know using the comments form below.