Twitter crackdown on violence online and off

Twitter crackdown on violence online and off

In an attempt to further clean up its reputation, Twitter says it’s begun enforcing its latest rules that focus on reducing hate and abuse both on and off the social network.

The company has begun rolling out the features it announced this fall aimed at increasing user safety on the platform. In a blog post today announcing the added enforcement, the Trust and Safety team said the news rules will address violent threats for “serious physical harm, death or disease to an individual or group of people.” The rules also expand to users affiliated with groups that promote violence even not directly mentioned on Twitter.

“Content that glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act,” according to the blog post. “This includes celebrating any violent act in a manner that may inspire others to replicate it or any violence where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group. We will require offending Tweets to be removed and repeated violations will result in permanent suspension.”

Along with cracking down on violence both on and off the platform, Twitter says the rules will apply to anyone who intimidates a user or group in an effort to silence their viewpoints or voice. That now includes anyone that uses their profile’s user name, display name or profile bio. Hateful imagery will also now be banned as sensitive material.

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GiGi Capone

December 19th, 2017

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