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December 30, 2015

Twitter Updates Violent Threats Policy to Make Rules Clear

Twitter has updated its violent threats policy to clarify the type of tweets and comments that could land you in hot water.

The microblogging site has created a new section in its policy dedicated to “hateful conduct.”

“Twitter will not tolerate behavior intended to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice,” the social network said in a blog post. “As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs – but we will continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse.”

The new section prohibits tweets that 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. It also prohibits accounts created to incite harm toward others on the basis of the above categories.

The new section of the policy is a small addition to the changes Twitter announced back in April.

At that time, Twitter revealed a number of steps it had put in place to crack down on abuse.

“We’ve empowered users with tools for blocking, muting, and reporting abusive behavior, and evolved our policy to capture more types of abusive behavior,” Twitter said.

“One of the areas we’ve found to be effective in this multi-layered strategy of fighting abuse is creating mandatory actions for suspected abusive behavior, such as email and phone verification, and user deletion of Tweets for violations. These measures curb abusive behavior by helping the community understand what is acceptable on our platform.”

Twitter said its policy will not affect users’ ability to see content they wish to see but, instead, will help limit the potential harm of abusive content.



Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.