SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Twitter is taking online harassment head-on, updating its rules and policies and prohibiting the posting of revenge porn.

The news was first reported by BuzzFeed. Below is an update to Twitter’s rules, with the additions in italics.

Private information: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission. You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.

Twitter also adjusted its abusive behavior policy.

Threats and abuse: Users may not make direct, specific threats of violence against others, including threats against a person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, or disability. In addition, users may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent. Targeted abuse or harassment is also a violation of the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service.

The changes went into effect Wednesday and Twitter said it would lock user’s accounts and hide content reported being in violation of the new policies. Twitter said it will also suspend accounts posting such content for the purpose of harassment.

According to CNET, Twitter continues to combat online harassment and bullying. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sent a series of memos to employees in February, taking personal responsibility for what he called “an inadequate response to the chronic abuse and harassment that occurs daily on the social network.”

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