Twitter rolls out stricter rules on abusive content

Laura Christensen
December 19, 2017

"Social media companies have more to do to prevent harm on their sites", he added. The enforcement of these rules will be a welcome step given how rampant offensive content can be on the platform, but the test will be whether or not Twitter will enforce them consistently.

Twitter's diminished tolerance for tweets considered hateful, abusive or violent has become part of its corporate strategy over the past several months, as the company has pushed a steady rollout of safeguards and restrictions, including the suspension of numerous accounts associated with white supremacists, terrorists and other violent organizations.

Twitter announced the changes to its guidelines last month, warning people they would come into effect on December 18.

If a user posts hateful symbols or images, it must be marked "sensitive media".

"If this type of content appears in header or profile images, we will now accept profile-level reports and require account owners to remove any violating media", Twitter's rules state. No such symbols or imagery will be allowed on people's profiles.

"If an account's profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended", Twitter's safety team explained in a company blog post Monday.

Founded in 2006, the San Francisco company had called itself "the free speech wing of the free speech party" and tried to stay out of battles among users.

Paul Golding Britain First
Britain First leader Paul Golding now barred from

Hate imagery will now fall under the rubric of Twitter's "sensitive media policy", and that will include any "logos, symbols, or images whose goal is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin". Most, instead, operate in accordance with their own terms of service.

The leaders of far-right group Britain First are among the first in the United Kingdom to have their Twitter accounts suspended in a new crackdown by the social network. League of the South's Hunter Wallace, Britain First's main account, as well as its leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen-whose anti-Muslim videos were retweeted by President Donald Trump-were also suspended.

The company declined to specify what others or how many were removed.

A number of prominent far-right accounts, including the white nationalist American Renaissance and its founder Jared Taylor, the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Workers Party and white nationalist group Vanguard America were suspended on Monday.

One rule regarding violence takes into account Twitter users' activity offline, forbidding users from affiliating with organisations that promote violence against civilians either on or off the site.

The new rule doesn't apply to military or government entities or groups with elected public officials, the company said.

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