tech2 News StaffJul 09, 2019 22:57:41 IST
Twitter is now updating its hateful conduct policies to ban language that dehumanises religious groups.
The social media giant in a blog post revealed that the decision to update its rules to forbid "language that dehumanises others on the basis of religion" comes after "months of conversations."
Under the new rules, Twitter will remove tweets that express hateful opinions. The company says it will require old tweets that violate the new policy to be deleted, and that going forward Twitter may even suspend accounts that violate this rule.
While this may come across as obvious examples of hate speech, Twitter would not have removed these tweets under its previous policies, which only covered specific threats against individuals or calls for violence.
Today we’re announcing an expansion to this policy which will address dehumanizing language towards religious groups. This is just the first step. Over time we'll expand the policy to include more groups and update you along the way. Learn more: https://t.co/yAZruwobJT
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 9, 2019
Twitter, having spent more than a year trying to make conversations more "healthy," has cited research linking dehumanising language to violence as one of the reasons for its latest policy change.
The social media company had previously stated it would ban content "that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group," but in the blog post said it heard feedback that it needed a narrower focus.
Notably, though, the new rules do not address other groups that may be targeted by this type of hate speech. The company says it plans to eventually expand the policy to cover dehumanising language that singles out others based on their race, gender, or sexual orientation, though it's not clear how long that might take.
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