Twitter To Act Tough On Hateful Content

In a fresh development, Twitter is all set to take new steps to stem abusive behavior and hateful conduct on the global messaging platform.
The move comes with social networks under pressure from the US and other governments following attacks in Paris and California to do more to weed out those plotting violence.
Twitter’s director for online trust and safety, Megan Cristina said, that they believe that protection from abuse and harassment is a vital part of empowering people to freely express themselves on Twitter.
The new rule says, Twitter users may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism and may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.
The update also states that users may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.
The social networking site said, it would ban accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories and would also suspend multiple accounts created to evade temporary or permanent suspension.
It is to be noted that US and European officials have been pressing social media to do more following deadly attacks over the past few weeks in Paris and southern California.
A White House statement earlier this month called for a dialogue with Silicon Valley and others on the subject, saying more should be done “when the use of social medial crosses the line between communication and active terrorist plotting. Social media groups say they already do what they can to avoid being used to spread hate and violence, but warn that any legislation requiring them to filter or report improper activity could be counterproductive.

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