Twitter Is Finally Cracking Down on Users Who Promote Violence Online or Offline

Its more 'aggressive' policies roll out today

Twitter is cracking down on violent accounts
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In an attempt to further clean up its reputation, Twitter says it’s begun enforcing its latest rules that focus on reducing hate and abuse both on and off the social network.

The company has begun rolling out the features it announced this fall aimed at increasing user safety on the platform. In a blog post today announcing the added enforcement, the Trust and Safety team said the news rules will address violent threats for “serious physical harm, death or disease to an individual or group of people.” The rules also expand to users affiliated with groups that promote violence even not directly mentioned on Twitter.

“Content that glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act,” according to the blog post. “This includes celebrating any violent act in a manner that may inspire others to replicate it or any violence where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group. We will require offending Tweets to be removed and repeated violations will result in permanent suspension.”

Along with cracking down on violence both on and off the platform, Twitter says the rules will apply to anyone who intimidates a user or group in an effort to silence their viewpoints or voice. That now includes anyone that uses their profile’s user name, display name or profile bio. Hateful imagery will also now be banned as sensitive material.

“If an account’s profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended,” according to the blog post. “We plan to develop internal tools to help us identify violating accounts to supplement user reports.”

It’s not the first time Twitter has announced a crackdown. This summer, it said it was taking action on 10 times as many abusers as it was last year. However, as a result of the more “aggressive” approach Twitter preemptively warned it might make some mistakes, adding that it’s working on developing a “robust” appeals process.

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