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This week, Twitter began to enforce new rules that aim to reduce violence, abuse, and hate speech on its platform. One of the new Twitter rules states, “You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.” While this may be easily punishable IRL, on Twitter this type of behavior was going widely unchecked. Now, Twitter is enacting a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior, permanently banning accounts that make violent threats.
Another new rule expands their hate speech policy to include hateful imagery, such as swastikas. Twitter considers hateful imagery to 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.”
Through swift action, Twitter has gone ahead and suspended a slew of accounts for white nationalists including Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding of Britain First.
“[We applaud Twitter for] updating its policies and taking steps today to remove violent and hateful accounts from its platform.” ~ Muslim Advocates via AP