Twitter suspending accounts that publish leaked nude celebrity photos

Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Rihanna, circulated on Sunday. (File photo: Reuters)

Social media giant Twitter is suspending all accounts which publish the leaked nude photos purportedly of Hollywood stars, in a rare move that harks back to the removal of all accounts which posted footage of the execution of U.S. journalist James Foley in Syria last month, the Daily Mirror reported on Monday.

Word of the nude images began spreading early Sunday, amid reports that the photos had been obtained by hacking iCloud accounts, Mashable and other media reported.

Twitter’s last widely publicized spate of account suspensions occurred after a gruesome, almost five-minute-long video titled “A Message to America” surfaced, showing the execution of Foley by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery. Thank you,” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo posted at the time of Foley’s execution.

Although Twitter has not made an official statement on the suspension of the accounts which circulated the nude photos – purportedly of stars from Rihanna, to Avril Lavigne, to Gabrielle Union, according to Mashable – “The Twitter Rules” seek to prevent against such behavior.

“You may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment,” read the rules. “You may not use obscene or pornographic images in either your profile photo, header photo, or user background,” adds Twitter.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42