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Twitter Expands its Rules Around Hate Speech

Twitter bans dehumanising posts on age, disability, disease

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Twitter has expanded its rules around hate speech to include language that dehumanises people on the basis of their age, disability or disease. Pixabay

Twitter has expanded its rules around hate speech to include language that dehumanises people on the basis of their age, disability or disease. This is the latest news.

Last year, the micro-blogging platform updated its ‘Hateful Conduct’ policy to address dehumanising speech, starting with one protected category: religious groups.

“Our primary focus is on addressing the risks of offline harm, and research shows that dehumanising language increases that risk. As a result, we expanded our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanises others on the basis of religion. “Today, we are further expanding this rule to include language that dehumanizes on the basis of age, disability or disease,” Twitter said in a statement on Thursday.

Disease is important as the novel coronavirus is spreading across the globe and people are sharing all kinds of information, including jokes, videos, memes and GIFs related to certain communities which can hurt their sentiments.

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In 2018, Twitter asked for feedback to hear directly from the different communities and cultures. Pixabay

“Tweets that break this rule pertaining to age, disease and/or disability, sent before today will need to be deleted, but will not directly result in any account suspensions because they were Tweeted before the rule was in place,” said the company.

In 2018, Twitter asked for feedback to hear directly from the different communities and cultures. In two weeks, it received more than 8,000 responses from people located in more than 30 countries. Across languages, people believed the proposed change could be improved by providing more details, examples of violations, and explanations for when and how context is considered.

Respondents said that “identifiable groups” was too broad, and they should be allowed to engage with political groups, hate groups, and other non-marginalised groups with this type of language. Many people wanted to “call out hate groups in any way, any time, without fear”.

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In other instances, people wanted to be able to refer to fans, friends and followers in endearing terms, such as “kittens” and “monsters”.

“We are continuing to learn as we expand to additional categories,” said Twitter, adding that it has developed a global working group of outside experts to help how it should address dehumanising speech around more complex categories like race, ethnicity and national origin. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Experiences Greatest Gains Amid Lockdown

WhatsApp sees 40% increase in usage in time of pandemic

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WhatsApp has seen a 40 per cent increase in usage, according to a study by Kantar, a data and consulting company. Pixabay

As COVID-19 pandemic envelopes the world, WhatsApp has seen a 40 per cent increase in usage, according to a study by Kantar, a data and consulting company. This is a technology news.

Across all stages of the pandemic, WhatsApp is the social media app experiencing the greatest gains in usage as people look to stay connected. Overall WhatsApp has seen a 40 per cent increase in usage.

Kantar conducted the largest global study into consumer attitudes, media habits and expectations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Kantar estimates that for WhatsApp in the early phase of the pandemic usage increases 27 per cent, in mid-phase 41 per cent and countries in the late phase of the pandemic see an increase of 51 per cent.

Spain experienced a 76 per cent increase in time spent on WhatsApp. Overall Facebook usage has increased 37 per cent. China experienced a 58% increase in usage of local social media apps including Wechat and Weibo.

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WhatsApp is the social media app experiencing the greatest gains in usage as people look to stay connected. Pixabay

According to a study, there is a crisis in trust. Traditional nationwide news channels (broadcast and newspaper) are the most trusted sources of information with 52 per cent of people identifying them as a ‘trustworthy’ source.

Government agency websites are regarded as trustworthy by only 48 per cent of people, suggesting that government measures are not providing citizens around the world with assurances and security.

Also reflecting the loss of trust from recent election cycles, social media platforms are regarded by only 11 per cent of people as a source of trustworthy information.

As countries move deeper in to the pandemic so media consumption increases across all in-home channels. According to Kantar, in the later stages of the pandemic web browsing increases by 70 per cent, followed by (traditional) TV viewing increasing by 63 per cent and social media engagement increasing by 61 per cent over normal usage rates.

Increased usage across all messaging platforms has been biggest in the 18-34 age group. WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram have all experienced a more than 40 per cent increase in usage from under 35-year olds.

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Consumers expect the brands they choose to look after their employees first and foremost with 78 per cent saying take care of employees’ health and 62 per cent saying implement flexible working.

Supporting hospitals (41 per cent) and being helpful to government (35 per cent) is an expectation of significant minority of consumers, the study says. (IANS)