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Micro-Blogging Platform Twitter To Ban ‘Dehumanising’ Language

The users would have time till October 9 to provide Twitter with feedback on the new policy

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Twitter has announced to update its “hateful conduct” policy to include content that “dehumanises others” based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target.

For the last three months, the micro-blogging platform has been developing a new policy to address dehumanising language that makes someone less than human, Twitter said late on Tuesday.

“Some of this content falls within our hateful conduct policy (which prohibits the promotion of violence against or direct attacks or threats against other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease).

“But there are still Tweets many people consider to be abusive, even when they do not break our rules.

“Better addressing this gap is part of our work to serve a healthy public conversation,” Vijaya Gadde and Del Harvey from Twitter said in a blog post.

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Many scholars have already examined the relationship between dehumanisation and violence.

Twitter is now asking its 336 million users to give feedback on this to ensure how this policy may impact different communities and cultures.

“For languages not represented on our platform, our policy team is working closely with local non-governmental organisations and policy makers to ensure their perspectives are captured,” saod the blog post.

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The users would have time till October 9 to provide Twitter with feedback on the new policy.

“We’re experimenting with a new way to write and roll-out policy and rules. Let us know what you think,” tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey. (IANS)

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Lok Sabha Elections On Priority List Says Twitter

Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform.

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Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform. Pixabay

Twitter on Thursday said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a key priority for the company and it deeply respects the integrity of the election process while being committed to provide a service that fosters and facilitates free and open democratic debate.

“The 2019 Lok Sabha is a priority for the company and our dedicated cross functional team is working to ensure that the health of the public conversation is enhanced and protected at this important time,” Colin Crowell, Global Vice President – Public Policy, Twitter, said in a statement.

Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being “slow” in removing “objectionable content” from its platform.

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According to Twitter, India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of the company’s largest and fastest-growing audience markets in the world. Pixabay

The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on February 25 over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the social media site is discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform.

According to Twitter, India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of the company’s largest and fastest-growing audience markets in the world.

“This is a constant process of learning and we gain insights from every election around the world, which helps inform our approach to this evolving challenge,” said Crowell.

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“The Twitter rules were updated to provide clearer guidance on several key issues including fake accounts, attributed activity and distribution of hacked materials,” said the company. Pixabay

In this regard, Twitter on Tuesday announced to bring its Ads Transparency Centre to India on March 11 that allows everyone to view political ads with details like ad spend and targeting demographics.

“The Twitter rules were updated to provide clearer guidance on several key issues including fake accounts, attributed activity and distribution of hacked materials,” said the company.

Twitter said it continues to invest intensively to identify and combat bad faith actors who try to manipulate the service.

“We have formed an internal, cross functional elections group to lead electoral integrity work in India from now through polling day.

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“Using proprietary-built internal tools, the team proactively protects trends, supports partner escalations, and identifies potential threats from malicious actors,” said the micro-blogging platform.

The team, said Twitter, is working with political parties from across the spectrum, as well as the Election Commission of India, so that they know how to report suspicious, abusive and rule-violating activity to Twitter. (VOA)