The new rules announced in November on hateful and abusive content and behaviour went into effect on Monday, Twitter said in a press release. The company first vowed to do more back in October, in response to a #WomenBoycottTwitter protest ...
More details of the new policies Twitter has introduced will also cover things like celebrating "any violent act in a manner that may inspire others to replicate it or any violence where people were targeted due to their membership in a protected group".
Twitter further explained that in addition to threatening violence or physical harm, it will also look for accounts affiliated with groups that promote violence against citizens to further their causes.
This includes any group that promotes violence either on or off Twitter's platform, but doesn't apply to military or government entities. This policy does not apply to military or government entities and we will consider exceptions for groups that are now engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution.
Twitter has struggled with violent, offensive, or hateful content, even granting verification badges before removing them from prominent white nationalists as hate speech and abuse have proliferated on the platform. This includes celebrating any violent act in a manner that may inspire others to replicate it or any violence where people were targeted due to their membership in a protected group. Instead, Twitter will initially require offending tweets to be removed.
Twitter will now also be permanently suspending any account whose profile threatens or insults others. Twitter will also look in profile information for violent threats, any statements meant to incite fear, or anything else that reduces someone to "less than human".
Finally, hateful imagery will now fall under the existing "sensitive media" clause, in which Twitter can demand its removal.
We consider hateful imagery to be logos, symbols, or images whose objective is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.