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Watch what you post: Twitter amends rules

Twitter: the social media platform where manners go to die, and self-proclaimed experts weigh in on nearly everything. 🙂 However, last week the social media platform, founded by Silicon Valley’s “shaman” Jack Dorsey, amended some of its rules for posting content. The new policy is thin on details but here’s the gist of it: you need consent before posting a picture or video of a person unless it’s in the public interest. For example, you can’t share an individual’s private information, but you can post a picture of a perpetrator or an abuser because Twitter deems it newsworthy. Content will be reviewed but if the rules are violated, the content will either be taken down or the account could be suspended. Some users fear the policy is discriminatory but consent is important – especially on social media. 

The announcement also comes on the back of its founder and CEO’s resignation. On 29 November, Dorsey posted his resignation email on Twitter. He said he’s giving other people a chance to lead the company. Compared to guys like Facebook (ahem, Meta’s) CEO Mark Zuckerberg who has a net worth of $118.3bn, Dorsey, whose net worth is much less at $10.9bn, is doing actual philanthropic work and seems to care more about privacy. In 2016, he gave a third of his Twitter shares to his employees and this year he pledged he’d give $1bn to Covid-19 and other relief causes, Daily Maverick reported. He also loves Africa. 😌 In 2019 he spent a month visiting our continent and later tweeted that he would spend another six months here in 2020; Covid-19 meant that didn’t happen. He has said, “Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one).” 

His successor, Parag Agrawal, now the youngest CEO of a tech firm, takes over while Dorsey takes a silent retreat on a mountain somewhere. 🧘🏽‍♂️

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 9 December 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.