One more measure to respond to accusations of laxity in the face of hateful content. The social network Twitter decided, Wednesday, December 2, to broaden its definition of hate messages by prohibiting any publication seeking to dehumanize according to racial, ethnic or nationality criteria. This is an additional measure in its policy to combat abusive and harmful content, which the company has updated several times since the publication in 2019 of a regulation.
“If we encourage people to express themselves freely on Twitter, abuse, harassment and hateful conduct have no place on our platform.”, wrote the Twitter security team in a blog post. “Today we are expanding our hateful conduct policy to exclude messages that dehumanize people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin,” adds the social network.
This policy already prohibits language that dehumanizes people on the basis of religion, caste, age, disability, or disease.
Research shows that dehumanizing speech can lead to real-world harm, and we want to ensure that more people — globally — are protected.
– Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 2, 2020Advertisement
Twitter gave several examples of tweets that could be removed after reporting, including posts labeling an ethnic, racial or national group as “rot”, of “parasites” or from “cockroaches”. “If an account violates Twitter policies multiple times, we may block or suspend the account.”, the company warned.