Twitter updated their policies this week, which no longer allows the sharing of media without people’s prior consent. This from Twitter safety: “Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media such as video of individuals without their consent. Twitter also says it will “try to assess the context in which the content is shared,” and “if a particular image and the accompanying tweet adds value to public discourse or is shared in the public interest,” it will be allowed.
The exception they provide is subjective, political, and one that will inevitably be applied unequally. With this policy Twitter is essentially banning journalism. It’s also a direct attack on organizations like us, like Project Veritas. Now all of this comes on the heels of a Department of Justice filing with a federal judge last week arguing we’re not journalists. Why? Well, the government argued that our reporting, “consists almost entirely of publicizing, non-consensual, surreptitious recordings.”