Will Twitter's "revenge porn" ban be effective?

BAN: Twitter has banned
BAN: Twitter has banned "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent", but how effective will it be?

TWITTER's decision to ban revenge porn, or non-consensual nude photos, feels nothing more than a hollow act.

Don't get me wrong, I completely support the social network's decision to ban the awful, insensitive practice.

There is no place in our society for such acts, whether that be the level of society in which we are personally involved  on a face-to-face level, or on the internet.

The posting of such material can have long-lasting effects on the victim.

Not only is it capable of destroying their career, but the mental health issues such an act could cause the victim are endless.

But despite Twitter upgrading its rules to say users "you may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent", how can Twitter actually stop it?

By the time the subject matter is reported the damage could already have been done.

Users who post such material will have their accounts permanently locked, but that doesn't stop the material from being posted before it is made public.

Twitter will rely on other users to report the content, as they do now, but those who complain will have to verify their identity and prove they didn't give consent.

Fellow social networking giant Facebook asks users to "refrain from publishing the personal information of others without their consent".

I applaud Twitter for taking the step, as I think all social media sites should, but I do question how effective the move actually is.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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