Twitter And The Dick Pic Problem

Hello everybody. Regular readers to my blog might know that my blog posts are often inspired by things I see on twitter. However I don’t think they, or I for that matter would ever have guessed I would one day write a post inspired by a Twitter dick pic!

Black and white picture of a young Dick Van Dyke
This is not the Dick pic I saw

To explain the origins of this post I’ll have to explain what happened one Monday morning in Twitterland. Make yourself comfortable and I’ll tell you all about The Day Of Dave……

Once upon a time in Twitterland there was a beautiful fairy called Becky. Becky loved to spread joy and positivity where ever she went. One Monday Morning Becky started a Happy Monday thread on Twitter. All her Twitter friends were having a jolly good chat when along came Dave The Troll.

Dave was a rather silly troll who decided to disrupt things by dumping a rather pathetic dick pic into the thread. He asked Becky and her friends to rate his dick pic.

A mushroom

Now on a different day this request might have been ignored, but on that Monday there were a bunch of naughty little Pixies on Twitter called Hazel, Tracey, Julie and Bry.

The pixies decided to tell Dave The Troll exactly what they thought of his little mushroom dick. They had great fun all day laughing at Dave. They laughed so much tears fell from their eyes and they may have even wee’d a bit.

Some other members of Twitterland however did not find Dave and his dick so funny. These wise and sensible twitter folk pointed out that it was naughty of Dave to try upsetting people with his pictures. They suggested the good folk of Twitter should appeal to the Twitter Gods to get Dave sent away. The Pixies agreed  Dave was naughty and along with the wise sensible folk they asked the Twitter Gods to deal with Dave. Dave The Troll was banished from Twitterland and everybody lived happily ever after. The End…..

Except this dick pic story didn’t have a happy ever after ending….

Dave was reported by several people on Monday evening for sending unsolicited dick pics, some of which showed him potentially self harming. He was suspended from his Twitter account the next day, but it took him all of 5 minutes to set up a new account and begin his silly games again.

Now personally I’ve a very liberal attitude to pictures of naked bodies. I’ve worked  in care 20 yrs, and am use to seeing naked bodies when carrying intimate care tasks. Dicks, tits, arses etc are just parts of the body. Dave might as well have asked me to rate his nose.

However some serious points were raised in the days following. These conversations led to me wondering if Twitter rules on dick pics are really fit for purpose?

Some people expressed surprised that Dave could get away with sharing his dick pic. They were more surprised when I shared with them the Twitter rules on nudity and other sensitive material.

What are Twitter rules on dick pics and porn?

Unlike other social media platforms Twitter doesn’t ban nudes, and porn. They say self-expression and creativity is an acceptable part of Twitter and something they allow. However people sharing sensitive material should tick the box on their settings to say they are sharing sensitive material. They ban sensitive material for profile or header pics and  ban anything that is illegal.

People who don’t want to see dick pics or porn can then filter sensitive material. The downfall  is people like Dave don’t mark their pictures as sensitive because they want people to see them.

People using sensitive material in ways designed to upset others can  be reported to Twitter. People can be asked to remove pictures  and can have their account suspended or deleted. They may set up new accounts, but repeat offenders can have their IP address blocked. I ran a number of polls last week to find out what people thought of these rules.

I was quite surprised at the results of the first poll given the numbers of people who had expressed concern about the pics.

Children on Twitter

Further chat  about the first poll revealed  many people  were not offended by nudity per se but concerned that two issues. The first being that minors may see it. The  age at which someone can have a twitter account  at the moment is 13. It was argued that if Twitter is accepting of adult material then possibly it should be restricting its users to just adults.

I have to confess the results of this poll annoy me because they add up to 101%. However about 70% of people who responded would like to see the age limit raised to either 16 or 18. The people who responded ‘other’ generally pointed out that no age limit can be strictly enforced. The only way Twitter could do that would be to have some sort of ID verification, but that would remove the anonymity aspect of Twitter.

Not Safe For Work Pictures

The other issue people identified with the  current Twitter system is the way pictures are marked as sensitive. Currently there’s an option on Peoples settings where they can mark pictures and videos as sensitive. This  however is a general setting thay applies to all an accounts material. Many people who usually don’t share sensitive pictures would not necessarily think to use it.  A Possible alternative to this system would be for users to rate each pic as safe or not safe for work prior to adding them. The same system is used on stumbleupon. This would still require people to be honest about the content of their pictures  However strong penalties such as deletion of accounts and banning IP addresses that wrongly rate their material would help.
The majority of people who responded would prefer individual pictures to be rated.

The issue of dick pics and porn on Twitter is not one that’s easily solved. Whatever approach is used it can’t 100% prevent sensitive material from being seen by people who select not to see it. Twitter can can only react to pictures once they have been posted. (it would be impossible for Twitter to check every picture before it was uploaded). However changes could be made to  the rules that would help reduce the risk of sensitive material being seen  by people who shouldn’t or simply don’t want to see it.

What do you think about the issue of nudes, dick pics and porn on Twitter? Would you support an adult only Twitter? Or stronger ratings on pictures?

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27 Comments

  1. Lisa Pomerantz

    June 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    #LGRTlinky loving this again!

  2. An Ordinary Mom

    June 26, 2018 at 4:55 am

    I think that perhaps they should have a filter for those of us who use Twitter asking if we want to see those kinds of things and opt out. But that would also require the person posting it to mark that it is porn. I’m on Twitter because as a writer it’s a gold mine for writing oppurtunities, but there is a lot on there I really don’t want to see or read.

  3. Rose Tinted Ramblings

    June 25, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Nice one Tracey #lgrtstumble (I wonder how many times I’ll type that by mistake next week 🤔)

  4. Emma T

    June 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t think anyone really needs to see that sort of stuff on twitter, but it’s hard to police. There should definitely be a need to note it as sensitive before posting. Interesting poll results

  5. thisscribblermum

    June 25, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Personally I think social media shouldn’t be encouraged for those who can’t even get a driver’s license yet. This is simply because social media use I think needs to be used responsibly. But how? I have no idea. 🤔 #lgrtstumble

  6. Charlotte Stein

    June 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I never knew this about twitter! Not sure I now what to think about it all? Dave needs to put it back in the cage 😂

  7. mummyhereandthere

    June 25, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Blimey what a way to start a week off, there are some odd people on Twitter, it is grey matter and got me thinking X #LGRTstumble

  8. Lisa Pomerantz

    June 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Back again from the #coolmumclub <3 xoxo

  9. nightwisprav3n

    June 25, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Honestly, I’m not on twitter enough – or at least I’m not in these threads to really see any of this stuff. Now if someone was to send a pm of a dick pic, I would definitely have a problem with that but would I report? Not sure because as you mentioned, he started a new account and did it all over again which means he doesn’t care nor respect others enough to NOT post. my philosophy in these scenarios has always been and will continue to be BLOCK. And if they start a new account? BLOCK. I can block all day long. They will eventually give up. I do this on all of my social media accounts and on the Xbox, which I have definitely needed to block people for sending dick pics. However, As for the age limit being raised, that is a tricky one because both my niece and nephew started Facebook accounts when they were 13 and lied about their ages. I believe Facebook has an age of 16 or 18 yet it doesn’t stop many kids from using it. I think it’s up to the parents to just monitor what they’re kids are doing on the internet. Yeah, there’s privacy and all that but damn! Be parents and don’t be afraid to monitor their shit. It’s for their protection. Thankfully, neither of my boys has any desire to have social media accounts and they use my YouTube account or their dad’s to watch videos so I know exactly what they’re watching lol.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      June 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      The only way an age limit could be properly intruduced would be for people to use ID to set up an account but that throws up other issues

      1. nightwisprav3n

        June 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm

        Yeah it all sounds really complicated

  10. RaisieBay

    June 25, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    ohhh I missed the whole saga! I do have my restrictions on my Twitter account and I have to admit, I’ve rarely seen anything. I didn’t really know about the setting thing until I posted quite innocently (I’d just had a baby) “been in bed 9 hours and only had 20 minutes sleep!!” I got tagged by a sex poster and loads of retweets and replies sent to me covering basically everything you can do in bed to keep you awake other than feeding a bloody hungry newborn! It was quite funny in hindsight, but my settings have been changed ever since.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      June 25, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Im glad you wasn’t too offended by what you saw. I find it quite funny, but I do understand why people dont want to see it (I wouldn’t seek it out for sure) and I think more could be done to prevent it being seen by people other than those who want to see it.

  11. endardoo

    June 25, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Have to say I haven’t come across much in the way of objectionable stuff … maybe I just skim and pick up things I want to read. I find it easy to ignore the rest … basically, I don’t feed the trolls. #LGRTStumble

  12. Millie

    June 25, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Wow. What a day! I was surprised by the polll results too. I get the freedom of expression idea but was Dave exercising this right? I don’t go looking for pics of people’s bits and don’t want to come across them in a thread. What if my little one was looking over my shoulder? I’ll take more care now when scrolling! #LGRT stumble

  13. Alan

    June 25, 2018 at 10:19 am

    The day of Dave will never be forgotten. #lgrtstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      June 25, 2018 at 11:03 am

      As much as we might try 😂😂

  14. Lisa Pomerantz

    June 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Great post Mrs. A! I am sorry to have missed all of the Monday fun! xoxo #ablogginggoodtime xoxo

  15. viewfromthebeachchair

    June 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I think an adult only twitter is good in idea but who will police that? Anyone can lie about their age. #coolmumclub

  16. motherhoodtherealdeal

    June 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I have often be shocked at some of the stuff I have seen on Twitter including all sorts of porn type stuff I have stumbled upon accidentally. I kinda thought they must have a liberal attitude towards it but it’s worrying when any old person can stumble across dick pics or other pics you weren’t banking on seeing! Thanks for linking up to #coolmummclub with this

  17. Sophie

    June 20, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I feel very strongly about freedom of speech and so don’t want anything banned or sensored however I actually thought twitter users had to be 16. It should be 16. On the flip side if dick pics 😳 is that we see normal bodies?? 🤣

  18. bryony shaw

    June 20, 2018 at 6:22 am

    It was a beautiful tail.. I mean tale

  19. Heather Keet

    June 20, 2018 at 4:29 am

    I think you should have to rate a photo Safe or NSFW when you go to post it. If that’s too hard, then twitter needs to raise the age limit. I for one, will never open twitter in public again. Opening it to a dick pic really shocked me and the stranger sitting next to me in the waiting room. I shudder to think what could have happened if she had been a child.

  20. Pickinguptoys

    June 19, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    ‪This is brilliant! Raises some great questions about whether Twitter does enough to keep those under age safe.‬ Whilst much hilarity ensued for us the next person may be horribly offended. It’s all in the perception I suppose unless of course you’re 13 and haven’t ticked that box to filter out the nasties because let’s be honest if you’ve made an account without telling your parents you wouldn’t, would you?!

  21. Becky, Cuddle Faury

    June 19, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Excellent summary here Mrs A! I think your ideas are great ones. I hope twitter stays an open community but it’s good to protect people at the same time. And thanks for the lovely fairy mention ❤️

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