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Twitter to Ban Content which “Dehumanises” People on basis of Race, Ethnicity or National Origin

Dec 03, 2020

Faizel Patel – 03/12/2020

(Twitter: @FaizelPatel143)

Twitter says it is expanding its definition of hateful content to ban language, which “dehumanises” people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin.

AFP reports the move was announced by the messaging platform in an effort refine its definition of abusive and harmful content, which has led to a backlash against social networks.

In a blog post, the Twitter safety team says the latest update is based on feedback since it published expanded rules on hateful content in 2019.

“While we encourage people to express themselves freely on Twitter, abuse, harassment and hateful conduct continue to have no place on our service. We are further expanding our hateful conduct policy to prohibit language that dehumanises people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.”

It says it would remove offending tweets when they are reported, and offered examples such as describing a particular ethnic group as “scum” or “leeches”.

Twitter says if an account repeatedly breaks the Twitter rules, the social media platform may temporarily lock or suspend the account.

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