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New Twitter policies targeting abuse, hate groups lead to crackdown

20 December, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Janis Wilson
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One rule regarding violence takes into account Twitter users' activity offline, forbidding users from affiliating with organisations that promote violence against civilians either on or off the site. This was the last update on Twitter's policy this year and the platform will regularly monitor the changes and provide updates for the same. Twitter's actions drew praise from civil rights groups.

On Monday, Twitter said it would begin enforcing new rules that were announced a month ago as a way to "reduce hateful and abusive content".

The move came a day before British MPs, who are part of the Home Affairs Committee, were set to discuss the role social media plays in influencing hate crime. It is among the symbols identified by the Anti-Defamation League as espousing Nazi ideology.

Twitter also said it would not tolerate hateful imagery, which includes "logos, symbols, or images whose objective is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin".

But even then it can be hard to tell whether a company is implementing its rules fairly or singling out certain people or groups that it may not like, Llansó said. Twitter also banned accounts from individuals associated with these groups, as well as far-right extremists from the United Kingdom, including the anti-immigrant group Britain First.

Twitter did not provide a list of other accounts that have been immediately affected, and the company did not respond to Ars' request for comment pre-publication.

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Three Twitter messages that included videos considered by some as anti-Muslim, and which were retweeted by President Donald Trump in November, could have factored into the suspensions, the BBC News reported.

The company declined to specify what others or how many were removed.

So @Twitter finally suspend Britain First - the day before social media cos appear at @CommonsHomeAffs.Why does it take a Parliamentary hearing to make them do the right thing?

The broadcaster said USA accounts that appear to be affected by Twitters new rules include Jared Taylor, head of American Renaissance; Michael Hill and Hunter Wallace, leader and public relations chief, respectively, of the League of the South; the American Nazi Party; the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white supremacist group; and End Time Paradigm, an account accused of posting anti-Semitic content.

There is one notable exception: the policy changes don't apply to military or government entities.

Twitter said it had decided not to categorise the US Confederate flag as hateful imagery, citing its place in history.

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