Twitter Overhauls Rules On how It Controls Abusive Behavior


Twitter is refurbishing its rules fon how it wants its users to conduct themselves on the site following criticism of how the platform enforces its strategy.

The new rules, which Twitter released today, did not alter the basic plans of its previous rules but rather seek to simplify its policies and application.

The modernize rules includes feedback from its global Trust and Safety Council to incorporate more details and examples to give greater context to its policies.

“We have laboured on this clarified version of our rules for the past few months to protect it takes into account the latest trends in online behavior, considers different cultural and social contexts, and properly sets beliefs around what’s allowed on Twitter,” the company said in a statement.

The update comes roughly two weeks after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that the social network would be moving out changes to how it monitors content and secures its 328 million users from online bullying and harassment.

Abuse is not new to Twitter users, but the platform has been under increased pressure since October’s #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, which prompt people to forgo tweeting for a day to pressure Twitter into improving how it vets content.

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Today correction include updates to sections on self-harm, graphic brutality and adult content, and spam.

But the greatest attention will be on abusive behavior.

Twitter explains that when assessing alleged abusive behavior, it will consider whether the “conduct is targeted, if a report has been filed and if the tweet itself is interesting.

The company has come under criticism for how it handles abusive behavior on the site, particularly in connection to how it deals with tweets from President Donald Trump.

Many have wondered why some of his tweets aren’t being erased by the social media platform, despite their obvious violation of Twitter’s rules.

Twitter’s media Strategy Help Center page has been modernize with examples content it considers to be “graphic violence” or “adult content.”

Twitter said the policy will be updated again on Nov. 22 to incorporate examples of forbid hateful imagery

Twitter said it will discuss its enforcement options in a separate update on Nov. 14

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