Over the past few years, violence attributed to online hate speech has increased worldwide, which is why censorship on widely used tech platforms has become a necessity. Twitter is one of the social media platforms that has been actively rolling out policies to curb hate speech.
In a recent blog post, Twitter Safety has announced that the company is updating its hate speech rules once again. The new policy now includes banning hateful content that targets race, ethnicity, and nationality.
According to Twitter Safety, any tweets that violate Twitter’s new policy will be removed. Moreover, if the user is a repeat offender, their account may be suspended or banned. The platform will regularly monitor all content using “proactive detection and automation.”
The blog post reads,
We create our rules to keep people safe on Twitter, and they continuously evolve to reflect the realities of the world we operate within. Our primary focus is on addressing the risks of offline harm, and research shows that dehumanizing language increases that risk. While we encourage people to express themselves freely on Twitter, abuse, harassment, and hateful conduct continue to have no place on our service.
Here are some examples of tweets that are considered hateful.
The platform updated its rules in early 2020 when it prohibited hateful content pertaining to disability, age, and disease. The company initially started cracking down on content that dehumanized others based on caste or religion in July 2019. Since then, it has been slowly updating the rules to make Twitter a safe place on the internet.