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Twitter today starts enforcing new rules around violence and hate

Twitter today starts enforcing new rules around violence and hate
From TechCrunch - December 18, 2017

Twitter today says it will begin to enforce new rules related to how it handles hateful conduct and abusive behavior taking place on its platform. The changes are a part of the companys broader agenda to craft new policies focused on reducing the amount of abuse, hate speech, violence and harassment.

Specifically, Twitter explains that in addition to threatening violence or physical harm, it will also look for accounts affiliated withgroups that promote violence against citizens to further their causes. This includes any group that promotes violence either on or off Twitters platform, but doesnt apply to military or government entities. Twitter also says it will consider exceptions for groups that are engaged in peaceful resolution.

Meanwhile, any content thatglorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent actwill also be in violation of Twitters new policies. That means someone likeJason Kessler, the organizer of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, could be banned for tweets like the one he posted about Heather Heyer, the protester killed at the event, which essentially supported the violence that led to her murder.

Twitter further details that its policies will include celebrating any violent act in a manner that may inspire others to replicate it or any violence where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group.

A single tweet wont result in an immediate expulsion from the service, however. Instead, Twitter will initially require offending tweets to be removed. It will consider permanent suspension only for repeat violations.

In addition, Twitter says its broadening its hateful conduct policy and rules against abusive behavior to include those accounts that abuse or threaten others through their profile information, like their username, display name, or profile bio.

That means users cant hide theirslurs, epithets, and racist or sexist tropes in their bio without a penalty. Twitter will also look in profile information for violent threats,any statements meant to incite fear, or anything else that reduces someone to less than human.

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