Twitter has revised its rules governing how it deals with hate speech which targets religions to make the platform more enjoyable…
Social microblog Twitter has clarified and redefined its rules about hate speech concerning religion. The site now requires the deletion of any tweet that “dehumanizes” people based on their religion.
Twitter becomes More Stringent about Dehumanizing Religions
The updated rules are to provide more consistency about the platform’s policies. The new rules are already in effect. Twitter states it won’t ban or suspend anyone who previously posted something which now violates its policies but the social entity requires deleting such content to avoid penalization.
Here’s what the Twitter Safety team wrote on the company blog:
“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. As a result, after months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.”