Following the boycotts, the social media platform has unveiled new policies
Twitter is implementing more ways to crack down on trolls.
The social media platform shared new policies to increase user safety by banning specific forms of hate speech, violence, unwanted sexual advances and hate symbols amid a slew of people boycotting Twitter for not doing enough to punish harassers for misconduct and silencing some for standing up for themselves.
The new rules come after Twitter received backlash for temporarily suspending Rose McGowan’s account after she posted a private phone number amid the ongoing Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Many felt the move was tone deaf to victims of sexual abuse, which sparked the movement #WomenBoycottTwitter. Users including Chrissy Teigen, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Platt all joined in solidarity with McGowan.
“We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted last week.
Regarding non-consensual nudity posted on Twitter, the company said it will suspend any account flagged as posting inappropriate material being used to harass a target. This can include “upskirt” photos, “creep shots” and hidden-camera content. The platform typically permits pornographic content, but won’t allow it to be geared at users who do not want to see it. Twitter also vowed to improve “bystander reporting” and use previous user signals such as mute and block to help decide whether sexual content may be unwanted and take further action.
Groups that use violence and hate symbols to promote a cause will be suspended immediately under the new rules along with user names that are flagged “abusive.” Tweets that contain hate speech will also be deleted. Examples of this would be tweets that glorify murder or abuse.
It’s not the first time Twitter has taken a stand against violent groups. The rules already prohibit promoting terrorism and threats like “I’m going to kill you.” The new terms are an extension of that and will target any group that is promoting a violent cause.
Along with the new rules, Twitter will update its media policy to explain what is considered graphic violence, adult content, hate symbols and launch a help page to further explain the policies.
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