Twitter updates its policies regarding hate speech against religious groups

Today Twitter updated its rules concerning hateful conduct on the platform, more specifically, inappropriate behavior and dehumanizing language against any religious group. From this day on, any Tweet that resembles such hate speech against these groups will be taken down immediately by the site's administrators when reported.

Any rule-breaking Tweets reported that have been posted before today must be deleted. Failure to delete these Tweets will not lead to account suspension on the ground that the post was tweeted before the new rules were implemented.

Twitter has provided some samples of Tweets which violate the new policies on its blog. These can be seen below:

In this day and age, actively controlling and regulating communication and conduct on a social media platform as big as Twitter is no easy feat. Speaking on the implementation of the new rules by the media company, Twitter's safety team commented:

"We’ll continue to build Twitter for the global community it serves and ensure your voices help shape our rules, product, and how we work. As we look to expand the scope of this change, we’ll update you on what we learn and how we address it within our rules. We’ll also continue to provide regular updates on all of the other work we’re doing to make Twitter a safer place for everyone ."

The social media goliath initiated the process of reforming its privacy policy back in April last year to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and also to make the platform's privacy policies easier to read. Last month Twitter announced a second reformation of the company's policies, this time aiming to simplify the platform's rules further.

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