Twitter Cracks Down On Hate Tweets

As promised, Twitter has started cracking down on what it considers to be “hateful” content.

Along with direct threats of violence, the social network is now taking action against content that glorifies or condones such acts. Going forward, Twitter also promises to permanently suspend accounts identified as the source of tweets featuring nonconsensual nudity.

To further restrict cases of sexual harassment, Twitter is vowing to conduct full account reviews whenever it receives tweet-level reports regarding nonconsensual nudity.

Twitter is also expanding its definition of “nonconsensual nudity” to more broadly include content like “upskirt imagery,” “creep shots” and hidden camera content.

When perceived to be an unwanted sexual advance, Twitter also plans to update its official “Rules” to outlaw the exchange of sexual media.

As for how the company plans to discern between welcomed and unwelcomed sexual advances, Twitter says it is implementing improvements to “bystander reporting,” as well as leveraging past interaction signals -- like block and mute rates.

Social networks like Twitter and Facebook have recently faced a barrage of criticism regarding a range of issues, from First Amendments rights to foreign invaders.

CEO Jack Dorsey and other Twitter executives recently admitted that they needed to do a better job of communicating its content-policing policies. Dorsey was forced to apologize to actor Rose McGowan, whose Twitter account was temporarily suspended after including a private phone number in a tweet.

Technically, McGowan violated Twitter’s Terms of Service, yet Dorsey admitted that the company could have been more clear about why her account was locked.

Twitter was also recently forced to explain its decision not to police Donald Trump’s threats against North Korea. While the taunts would normally have triggered Twitter’s anti-aggression policy, the company said their “newsworthiness” made them more acceptable.

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