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Twitter updates new rules to mute hateful and abusive content


by Surabhi Nijhawan

Twitter has released new guidelines to implement changes in their policy to reduce hateful imagery, violent threats and groups inciting or glorifying brutality on Twitter.

The new policy will focus on the following kinds of content

  1. Threats of violence, physical harm, death or disease to a user or a group.
  2. Organisations that encourage violence against civilians
  3. Groups that indulge in violent activities both on and off Twitter.
  4. If an account’s bio includes a violent threat, slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less human.
  5. Sharing of hateful imagery will be another area of focus for the new Twitter policy. According to Twitter, hateful imagery includes logos, symbols or images that highlight hostility and malice against people on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity and national origin

Exceptions: However, the policies are not applicable to military or government entities. ‘Twitter will consider exceptions for groups that are currently engaging in a peaceful resolution.

Twitter will act against: Visibility of hateful and abusive content in headers or profile images, inability to contain violent threats and repeated violations of it will lead to an indefinite suspension of their account.

The company said that it will be creating tools that will assist in identifying defaulters.  Hateful imagery is another area of focus for the microblogging network and they intend to battle it through its new policies.

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Twitter’s long battle against online harassment

In October, co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced that they would “take a more aggressive stance” against online harassment that included “unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence.”

Note that, this update comes as a part of its series to battle against online harassment.  Previously, it said that it will launch separate pages for each policy to explain the reason behind its enforcement.

Going forward, the company said that it will launch separate pages for each policy to elaborate on the rationale behind them. This was the last update on Twitter’s policy this year and the platform will regularly monitor the changes and provide updates for the same.

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