Feeds

Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Twitter's top policy bod has refused to dismiss claims that people who tweet the leaked private photos of naked female celebrities are having their accounts suspended on the social meeja site.

The company's Nu Wexler told The Register:

We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons. Our rules outline content boundaries on the platform.

He pointed us to a link on Twitter's support site, which makes it clear that "private information" cannot be tweeted without netizens first seeking "express authorisation and permission" to make those details public.

The "content boundaries" section also makes it clear that the unauthorised use of copyrighted material will not be tolerated on Twitter.

A cursory glance at Twitter's search function appears to show that it is now much more difficult to find the leaked photos of naked celebs that appeared overnight. Many might agree that such a massive privacy invasion should be stamped out by social networks.

It's a sticky problem for such firms, though, given that they are constantly dodging the publisher status bullet.

The agent of Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence has already confirmed that the sexy photos of the 24-year-old are genuine. And the hunt is now inevitably being played out online to unmask the person or people responsible for the leak.

The latest uncorroborated rumour apparently pegs the blame on a 15-year-old boy called Tristan.

Elsewhere, reports have prematurely speculated that the pictures were grabbed by pervy wrongdoers via a supposed exploit in Apple's Find My Phone feature. According to the Guardian, Cupertino remains puzzled by how the saucy pics were leaked.

As the story broke late yesterday, it was claimed that hackers had potentially accessed the Apple iCloud accounts of more than 100 celebrities, after anonymous posts featuring nude photos of 17 female stars appeared on anarchic message board 4chan. However, a number of celebrities have now said that the pictures are fake.

El Reg notes that images on Google image search - which belongs to another tech company that dismisses the "publisher" tag - have similarly been scrubbed clean(ish) of the naked JLaw pics. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.