|It turned out that covert photos taken of thousands of women on beaches, public transport and other places have been shared to two Twitter hashtags over the past 6 years with apparent impunity. Twitter users point out that the images mostly focus on the breasts and buttocks, but women’s faces are also visible in most cases. Some victims appear to be underage.
When one of the Canadian women came across the hashtags a couple months ago, she immediately referred them to Twitter’s @Support account. However, she didn’t receive a response – moreover, any attempts to report the accounts tweeting the hashtags were met with error messages. So far, none of those accounts seem to have been suspended. In other words, Twitter allows photos of non-consenting women and minors to be posted to these hashtags.
According to the research conducted by a social media analytics company, about 35,000 posts and retweets have been posted to those hashtags, with the spike of activity in April 2016. Overwhelming majority of accounts posting and retweeting on these hashtags belong to underage men – 57% of them are American, 15% British and 12% Mexicans.
A whole underground community for trading these photos was revealed: for example, some accounts are restricted to photos taken in specific neighborhoods or public places, such as supermarkets. One account makes an active appeal to its 100k+ followers for “creepshots” that are “good enough to tweet or post” on its external website.
While laws vary from country to country, in most cases people are allowed to take photos of others in public without their consent. Twitter’s ToS also state the platform is not liable for content posted to the site, but at the same time its rules around abusive behavior and private information read that users are prohibited to post intimate photos or videos taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.
According to industry experts, Twitter often does not seem to take the complaints of the victims of harassment seriously, or simply fails to respond. Even if the infringing accounts are blocked, the users can easily create new accounts. In response, Twitter promised to review its “hateful-conduct policy” to ban more types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
|don't let that ass hang out if you don;t want people to see it..|
|Just out for curiosity. What was the hashtag they used?|
|Not sure about this. If the pics are of 'what you see' anyway just by being there can't see its a big problem. If shooting up skirts and get creepy-close-in-your-face then that is a problem.|
|posted by (2016-07-27 19:59:25)|
|Again with the surveillance state. We are way passed just photos of people in public. Were talking about microphones/cameras in TVs, Cell phones and computers that are accessed when turned off. Cloud servers that are cheap cause everyone has access to them. Hidden cameras in and around peoples homes using WIFI, etc. Everyone gets everyone's photos and vids half the time anyway. You don't even have to post it.|
|totally agree with #3 BaBaDapper common sense is missing|
|Whenever cases like these go to court, no one is ever found guilty. ALL of the cases have been ruled the same way as Twitter has by not responding to the complaints. If you are out in public, you have NO privacy rights what so ever. If you are in the privacy of your own home, workplace etc., then and only then can the right of privacy be compromised.|
A judge just this week ruled that even "up-skirt" photos aren't illegal, since the person(s) being photographed were in a public place.
Until the laws change, there's nothing the courts, or Twitter can do about it.
|posted by (2016-07-29 04:52:17)|
|@#6, yup, exactly what I'm dealing with.... Within my own home...|
|posted by (2016-07-29 15:33:06)|
|Its a crazy world and nothing can be unexpected. agree with #4|
|What you chose to show they may chose to post duh. Aint the future great. Remember when cell phones first got cameras ? Seems like more of the same same. Pay attention to your self and you will be ok. Or not.||
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