Twitter’s Policy About Pornography
Twitter’s policies on sexually explicit images and videos are convoluted and at times contradictory.
Contradictory Twitter Policy Against Pornography That Also Gives Caveat for “Some” Pornography:
Graphic violence and adult content
We consider graphic violence to be any form of gory media related to death, serious injury, violence, or surgical procedures. We consider adult content to be any media that is pornographic and/or may be intended to cause sexual arousal. Learn more about our media policy.
Twitter allows some forms of graphic violence and/or adult content in Tweets marked as containing sensitive media. [emphasis added] However, you may not use such content in your profile or header images. Additionally, Twitter may sometimes require you to remove excessively graphic violence out of respect for the deceased and their families if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative. Learn more about how to make such a request, and how to mark your media as sensitive.
Twitter Further Defines Pornography Here:
We consider adult content to be any media that is pornographic and/or may be 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)
- Please note that exceptions may be made for artistic, medical, health, or educational content. Breastfeeding content does not need to be marked as sensitive.
- simulating a sexual act
- intercourse or any sexual act (may involve humans, humanoid animals, cartoons, or anime)
Twitter Policy About Sharing Nude Images Without Consent:
About intimate media on Twitter
Twitter Rules: You may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent.
Sharing explicit sexual images or videos of someone online without their consent is a violation of their privacy and one of the most serious violations of the Twitter Rules. In addition to posing serious safety and security risks, it may also result in physical, emotional, and financial hardship for the person whose media is shared.
When this applies
We prohibit the posting or sharing of intimate photos or videos that were or appear to have been taken or distributed without the subject’s consent. Examples of intimate media that violate this policy include, but may not be limited to:
- hidden camera content involving nudity, partial nudity, and/or sexual acts
- images or videos that appear to have been taken secretly and in a way that allows the user to see the other person’s genitals, buttocks, or breasts (content sometimes referred to “creepshots” or “upskirts”)
- images or videos captured in a private setting and not intended for public distribution
- images or videos that are considered and treated as private under applicable laws
Some forms of consensual nudity and adult content are permitted on Twitter. When we review this type of content, it may not be clear whether it was produced or distributed consensually. To help prevent our teams from making a mistake and removing consensual intimate media, we may require a report from the actual subject or their authorized representative prior to taking any enforcement action. We will reply back to those reports via email and request that the subject provide documentation to verify their identity. Please note that this documentation will be destroyed once it is no longer needed by Twitter to evaluate the case and will not be shared with any third parties. We will not share any details about who reported this content with the violator.
This, however, does not apply to creepshots or upskirts, where we accept reports from bystanders — and do not require verifying documentation — as it is oftentimes difficult for victims of this content to identify themselves.
We will suspend any account we identify as the original poster of intimate media that has been produced or distributed without the subject’s consent. We will also suspend any account dedicated to posting this type of content.
If someone is not the original poster of this content, it is not clear that the content was produced or distributed without consent, and/or a person has an otherwise clean violation history, we may not suspend the account immediately. Instead, we will require the user to remove the violating Tweet(s) and temporarily lock them out of their account before they can Tweet again. We will immediately and permanently suspend them upon any further violations of this policy.