With the rate at which “hateful conducts” are trending on Twitter, the micro-blogging platform may eventually turn to a no-go area for people. To prevent this, Twitter has updated its policy as regards to contents that “dehumanizes others” based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target.
According to the Twitter, For the last three months, it has been working on a new policy to address dehumanizing language that makes people less than human.
“Some of this content falls within our hateful conduct policy (which prohibits the promotion of violence against or direct attacks or threats against other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease),” Twitter said in a blog post.
Our hateful conduct policy is expanding to address dehumanizing language and how it can lead to real-world harm. The Twitter Rules should be easier to understand so we’re trying something new and asking you to be part of the development process. Read more and submit feedback.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 25, 2018
“But there are still Tweets many people consider to be abusive, even when they do not break our rules. Better addressing this gap is part of our work to serve a healthy public conversation,” Vijaya Gadde and Del Harvey from Twitter said in a blog post.
We’re experimenting with a new way to write and roll-out policy and rules. Let us know what you think… https://t.co/2es2eMayGU
— jack (@jack) September 25, 2018