Twitter Updates Rules To Fight Abusive Behavior

Twitter is once again revising its rules to rein in what it deems abusive behavior after updating its user rules to tackle revenge porn postingsearlier this year.
In an attempt to make Twitter a safer and more comfortable place for users (and brands) to communicate, the company today updated its rules with language that specifically calls out different types of abusive behavior that won’t be allowed going forward.
The new Twitter Rules include some of the same language from previous versions of the page collected in a new “Abusive Behavior” section, but also adds new language that bars “inciting others to harass another account” and even targets terrorists that have used Twitter:
You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.
The new rules also more specifically single out hateful conduct targeted against other users based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and the like. Twitter also says it may take steps to help any users tweeting about suicide or self-harm.
In addition to allowing users to block or mute other accounts that are abusive, Twitter can also ask offending users to delete their tweets if they are found violating the company's rules. If users do not comply, the company can lock a user out of their account altogether.

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