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Twitter begins crackdown against hateful conduct, abusive behavior

Micro blogging website Twitter has announced to enforce updates to the Twitter rules announced last month to crackdown against hateful and abusive content on the site.

Micro blogging website Twitter has announced to enforce updates to the Twitter rules announced last month to crackdown against hateful and abusive content on the site.

Twitter has taken a collaborative approach to develop and implement these changes, including working in close coordination with experts on its Trust and Safety Council.

New Rules on Violence and Physical Harm

A specific threat of violence or wishing for serious physical harm, death, or disease to an individual or group of people is in violation of our policies. Twitter’s new changes include more types of related content including:

Accounts affiliated with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes. Groups included in this policy will be those that identify as such or engage in activity — both on and off the platform — that promotes violence.

Military and government entities and groups that are currently engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution have been exempted from this policy.

Twitter reserves right to remove offending tweets and content that glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act.  Repeated violations will result in permanent suspension.

Twitter expanding its rules to include related content

“Twitter’s hateful conduct policy and rules against abusive behavior prohibit promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of their group characteristics, as well as engaging in abusive behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another person’s voice.”

Twitter is also broadening these policies to include additional types of related content and conduct including:

Any account that abuses or threatens others through their profile information, including their username, display name, or profile bio.

If an account’s profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended.

Twitter plan to develop internal tools to help us identify violating accounts to supplement user reports.

Hateful imagery such as will now be logos, symbols, or images whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin be considered sensitive media under Twitter’s media policy.

If this type of content appears in header or profile images, Twitter will now accept profile-level reports and require account owners to remove any violating media.

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