Twitter Updates Content Policy To Ban “Hateful and Dehumanizing” Tweets

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.

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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.

“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.

Numerous scholars have already studied the relationship between dehumanization and violence.

Twitter is now depending on its 336 million handlers to offer their feedbacks on this in order to ensure how the new policy may impact different communities and cultures.

“For languages not represented on our platform, our policy team is working closely with local non-governmental organisations and policy makers to ensure their perspectives are captured,” said the blog post.

The users would have time till October 9 to provide Twitter with feedback on the new policy.

“We’re experimenting with a new way to write and roll-out policy and rules. Let us know what you think,” tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey.

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