Twitter haven’t done very well of late – protecting users from abuse, harassment – trolls, bullies cyber stalkers and cyber bullies hiding behind so called freedom of speech. The use of Freedom of speech or expression can go both ways, trolls think that they have the right to say what they like with freedom of expression but no, they cannot. Twitter say they want to protect our freedom of expression, which means that we can say what we like as long as it’s not abusive or intimidating to others, without fear.
How are they doing that? – well, this week Twitter have updated their rules to fight abusive behaviour and hateful conduct.
The new Twitter rules to fight abusive behaviour
In a recent blog post – Twitter announced that the Twitter rules will now include that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour that is intended to harass other users, which include intimidation and using fear so people feel they cannot speak up. I don’t know if you have ever felt that – that you cannot say something innocent for fear of your troll twisting your words into nonsense or saying something hateful which can intimidate you so much you don’t speak out any more, or they threaten you not to say anything about their hateful behaviour, its not good.
So far Twitter have tried but have not tried hard enough – with tools for blocking, muting and reporting, but all of these are not very satisfatory – you can block and mute someone but if they don’t log in or log in and someone else they can still see what you are saying, the only way to hide is to put your account on private which actually is not the point of Twitter. And it seems that nothing much happens when you report someone either.
Hopefully these new rules will make Twitter more able to react when a user is reported, and might make trolls or nasty people think twice about being hateful. Its a real shame that it has come to this, but some people are just horrid.
What are the new Twitter rules ?
The new Anti Abuse rules now include a new Abusive behavior section
We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.
Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.
- Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.
- Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
- if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
- if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
- if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
- if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
- Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.
- Multiple account abuse: Creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses or in order to evade the temporary or permanent suspension of a separate account is not allowed.
- Private information: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address, or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission. In addition, you may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent. Read more about our private information policy here.
- Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others. Read more about our impersonation policyhere.
- Self-harm: You may encounter someone considering suicide or self harm on Twitter. When we receive reports that a person is threatening suicide or self harm, we may take a number of steps to assist them, such as reaching out to that person expressing our concern and the concern of other users on Twitter or providing resources such as contact information for our mental health partners.
From – Twitter Rules See the link for full set of rules.
We hope that these new Twitter rules will make Twitter a better place for all of us.