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Twitter responds to speech violations with a ‘hateful conduct modification’

From the rising violence against religious minorities around the world, Twitter would update its rules regarding the hateful conduct in the inclusion of dehumanizing speech against religious groups.

Twitter, an online social media platform that lets people across the world post and interact with messages called “tweets”. Behind the rising number of the population of Twitter that hits up to 300 million active users every month, rampant issues from posts are being raised to the admins for the past years and till today.

“After months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion,” a post from the company’s Twitter Safety blog.

The company will require tweets that purposely target any religious group to be turned down in response to violations in the company’s code of conduct. Though previous tweets that offend any religious group would not lead to user account suspension, it justifies the decision that there is still no rule at that time.

On the modification of the rules, the company said it focused on specifying what is considered in the category for religious organizations. Twitter also gave out an in-depth training process with their teams to ensure they can respond accurately when reviewing reports.

“It’s good that Twitter is seeking public comment as they’re developing their policy decisions and seeking input from external experts on hate, but hate and harassment on Twitter is a serious, longstanding problem,” a spokesperson with the Anti-Defamation League wrote in an email.

“The fact that language dehumanizing others on the basis of religion only now violates Twitter’s rules shows how far they have to go to truly combat hate. We have urged Twitter to track and release the results of this and other policy changes to be transparent about the efficacy of their efforts” the spokesperson added.