Twitter Rolls out Stricter Rules on Abusive Content

Twitter Rolls out Stricter Rules on Abusive Content

Twitter has begun enforcing stricter policies on violent and abusive content such as hateful images or symbols, including those attached to user profiles.

The new guidelines, which were first announced a month ago, were put into place Monday.

Monitors at the company will weigh hateful imagery in the same way they do graphic violence and adult content.

If a user wants to post symbols or images that might be considered hateful, then the post must be marked as “sensitive media”. Other users will then receive a warning that would allow them to decide whether they want to view the post.

The new guidelines were officially decided on Monday, and the social media company is also prohibiting users from abusing or threatening others through their profiles or usernames.

Users are now able to report profiles, or users, that they consider to be in violation of Twitter policy. Previously, users could only report individual posts they deemed offensive.

Those being targeted are “logos, symbols, or images, whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin”.

It is also broadening existing policies intended to reduce threatening content, to include imagery that glorifies or celebrates violent acts. That content will be removed and repeat offenders will be banned.

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