Twitter Plans Crackdown on Free Speech

Twitter is reportedly planning to crackdown on ‘hate and abuse’ on their platform with the rollout of a new update.

TechCrunch reports that following a number of tweets from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week, in which he discussed promised more aggressive rule enforcement on Twitter’s platform, the company has announced a crackdown on hate and abuse on the social media network as part of a new update. A number of Dorsey’s tweets can be seen below.

Now Twitter plans to take action. Speaking to TechCrunch a Twitter representative said, “Although we planned on sharing these updates later this week, we hope our approach and upcoming changes, as well as our collaboration with the Trust and Safety Council, show how seriously we are rethinking our rules and how quickly we’re moving to update our policies and how we enforce them.”

Twitter’s head of safety policy also outlined the company’s new tactics when dealing with abuse in an email to Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council. In the past, Twitter’s policies have not placed specific guidelines on how to deal with violent tweets or images, “hate symbols” have also not been clearly defined. The company still hasn’t specifically defined “hate symbols” but did say that, “at a high level, hateful imagery, hate symbols, etc will now be considered sensitive media.” This means that certain “hate symbols” will show a warning that users must click on to reveal the image.


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