Twitter has some new rules incoming, which are designed to combat hate speech, bullying and terrorism.
Megan Cristina, Twitter’s Director of Trust and Safety, outlined some new guidelines for the site – clarifying what the company considers “to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct.”
Megan’s blog post reads: “The updated language emphasizes that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour intended to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice. 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.”
So, what “updated language” is she referring to? Well, she’s primarily talking about strengthened clauses in Twitter’s rules. These include: “You 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. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.”
Twitter does have a bit of a bad reputation for the abuse and threats that can people receive, so it will be interesting to see how effective these measures are. Fingers crossed that they at least go a little way to weeding out some of the horrid harassment that can happen on Twitter.