In an effort to curb a reputation of faulty policy enforcement, and to make Twitter a safer place, the company says it will enforce a new set of guidelines to reduce abusive and violent content, beginning today. This is a step towards curbing a reputation of faulty policy enforcement.
The new rules target hate symbols, abuse, and unwanted sexual advancements, and one clause effectively prohibits accounts from associating with hate groups:
“You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism. You also may not affiliate with organizations that, whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform, use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”
Twitter says any accounts that fail to abide by this rule will be permanently suspended.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted the following regarding the rules:
“Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we’re still not doing enough. We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them. These changes will start rolling out in the next few weeks. ”
The company said the following addressing the new rules:
“In our efforts to be more aggressive here, we may make some mistakes and are working on a robust appeals process. We’ll evaluate and iterate on these changes in the coming days and weeks, and will keep you posted on progress along the way.
Today, we will start enforcing updates to the Twitter Rules announced last month to reduce hateful and abusive content on Twitter. Through our policy development process, we’ve taken a collaborative approach to develop and implement these changes, including working in close coordination with experts on our Trust and Safety Council.
Today, we are starting to enforce these policies across Twitter. In our efforts to be more aggressive here, we may make some mistakes and are working on a robust appeals process. We’ll evaluate and iterate on these changes in the coming days and weeks, and will keep you posted on progress along the way.”
We’re making these changes to create a safer environment for everyone. You can follow our ongoing work and other safety updates @TwitterSafety.”