Twitter begins enforcing rules on ‘hateful, abusive’ content

Twitter said it began enforcing new rules Monday aimed at filtering out “hateful” and “abusive” content on the social network including messages which promote or glorify violence.

The platform has long faced criticism over how it deals with hate groups and content, which led it to removing verification badges from prominent US white nationalists last month.

“Specific threats of violence or wishing for serious physical harm, death, or disease to an individual or group of people is in violation of our policies,” the new rules state.

Also banned will be any content that “glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act” as well as “hateful imagery” including logos or symbols associated with “hostility and malice” toward specific groups.

Twitter also said it would suspend “accounts that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”

But Twitter said it would not cut off accounts for military or government entities, and would consider exceptions “for groups that are currently engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution.”

The policies drew criticism last month when it took no action following one of President Donald Trump’s tweets which appeared to threaten violence against North Korea.

Twitter responded with a pledge to review its policy while noting that “newsworthiness” and public interest must be considered in deciding whether to take down a tweet.

The new policy marks the latest effort by social networks to remove content which promotes illegal or abusive activity while remaining open to dissent and controversial topics.

One account that was no longer visible on Twitter was that Britain First leader Jayda Fransen, whose anti-Islam messages were retweeted by Trump, and another leader of the group, Paul Golding.

Twitter declined to comment on any individual accounts and had no immediate information on the number of users impacted by the new enforcement, a spokeswoman said.

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  1. Avatar ConcernedCitizen April 23rd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    The chief of police should establish an anonymous toll free phone tip line specifically for residents to report suspects in Garissa. No one trusts the local policemen or even any other policeman. The only way to get people talking is to have an anonymous tip line established that is investigated by a trusted group of policemen who report directly to the commissioner. This will increase trust amongst the residents that their complaints are being taken seriously. Right now, residents are very fearful of going to the police station in person, you might go there and end up in trouble for just reporting suspects..”wewe ndio naambia sisi vile tafanya kazi yetu, ingiza yeye ndani”..it has happended before. Policemen in Garissa do not have a good reputation. Everyone knows how corrupt they are..we have all gone past the tana river bridge and seen how they are easily bribed to let people and contraband pass through..If you try speaking up..you end up being beaten and in lockup..how do you expect residents to go to these same people and report suspicious behaviour while we know once those suspects are in jail, they will bribe their way out and come to kill us. ..anonymous toll free tip lines are really essential. They should be established and publicised. How comes the media is not asking where people should report suspects..c’mon journalists, you just keep publishing what is sent to you..do you jobs! ask questions, talk to residents about their fears, about why they are not collaborating, talk to the cops, why they are having difficulty arresting people..don’t talk to the senior cops, talk to the cops on the ground..they will tell you how bad it is…all these regurgitation of what the policemen are saying just makes it seem like you are a notice board…help the residents help the police..and what about reporting the personal stories of those affected…where is that in your news. Out a human face to tragedy..who were they, what were their aspirations, what did they do that day..let people identify with the affected so that they can report the criminals when they see them…..Have some passion in your jobs journalists..but don’t go overboard like Mohammed Ali with his conspiracy theories.!

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