Twitter has announced an update its “hateful conduct” policy to include content that “dehumanizes others” based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target.
For the last three months,the micro-blogging platform has been developing a new policy to address dehumanizing language that makes someone less than human, Twitter said late on Tuesday.
“Some of this content falls within our hateful conduct policy (which prohibits the promotion of violence against or direct attacks or threats against other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease),” Twitter said in a blog post.
Our hateful conduct policy is expanding to address dehumanizing language and how it can lead to real-world harm. The Twitter Rules should be easier to understand so we’re trying something new and asking you to be part of the development process. Read more and submit feedback.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 25, 2018
“But there are still Tweets many people consider to be abusive, even when they do not break our rules. Better addressing this gap is part of our work to serve a healthy public conversation,” Vijaya Gadde and Del Harvey from Twitter said in a blog post.
We’re experimenting with a new way to write and roll-out policy and rules. Let us know what you think… https://t.co/2es2eMayGU
— jack (@jack) September 25, 2018
Many scholars have already examined the relationship between dehumanization and violence.
Twitter is now asking its 336 million users to give feedback on this to ensure how this policy may impact different communities and cultures.
“For languages not represented on our platform, our policy team is working closely with local non-governmental organisations and policy makers to ensure their perspectives are captured,” said the blog post.
The users would have time till October 9 to provide Twitter with feedback on the new policy.
“We’re experimenting with a new way to write and roll-out policy and rules. Let us know what you think,” tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey.