Twitter posts a new version of its rules with updated sections on abuse, spam, violence and more

Twitter posts a new version of its rules with updated sections on abuse, spam, violence and more
From TechCrunch - November 3, 2017

Twitter today published a new version of its rules, in an effort to further clarify its policies about abuse, spam, self-harm and other topics, as well as to better explain how it determines the appropriate actionlike suspending an abusers account, for example. The company says the updated documentation doesnt represent changes to the fundamentals of its policies; it instead aims to explain the rules in more detail, and include examples.

The publication of the updated rules follows a series of revamps to Twitters policies surrounding online abuse, in the wake of extensive criticism that Twitter has become a haven for hate, violence and harassment.

In October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised the company would take a more aggressive stance in its rules and its enforcement of them. In his announcement, a response to the#WomenBoycottTwitter protest, Dorsey said that Twitter would develop new rules for things likeunwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence.

In the days since, Twitter has followed through by announcing crackdowns on hate symbols and violent groups, revenge porn, and hateful display names. It also released its safety roadmap calendar, which promises specific actions on certain dates.

On Friday, November 3rd, the calendar said that it would release an updated version of the Twitter rules.

In a blog post today, Twitter says that some of the bigger changes to the rules include updated sections on abusive behavior, self-harm, and graphic violence and adult content.

For example, Twitter says its now making it clearer that context is important when analyzing abusive behavior and choosing to take action. This, in part, is in response to earlier complaints that a provocative tweet by President Trump against North Korea wasnt taken down by Twitter. The company then explained the tweet had newsworthy value, which is why it remained posted.

It also said it would soon update its rules to better reflect this policy in the future.


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