Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Twitter begins enforcing new anti-hate speech rules

This seems pretty much in line with First Amendment law.  The interesting thing will be to see if abusive speech by Leftists towards conservatives and Christians will be blocked. I'm not holding my breath

On Monday, Twitter said it would begin enforcing new rules that were announced a month ago as a way to "reduce hateful and abusive content."

In particular, the new rules ban violent threats or even "wishing for serious physical harm." For now, the most prominent accounts that have been removed for running afoul of these rules were three affiliated with a far-right United Kingdom group known as "Britain First."

"Our hateful conduct policy and rules against abusive behavior prohibit promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of their group characteristics, as well as engaging in abusive behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another person’s voice," the company wrote in a Monday blog post.

The company went on to explain that its new policy includes any abusive language in the profile information of an account (in addition to applying to language used in tweets).



Bill R. said...

This seems pretty much in line with First Amendment law??? Sorry, NO. Hate speech is free speech. No, I am not a racist or hate monger, but the First Amendment protects all but direct threats. The only solution to hate speech is more Free speech rebutting the original speech.

Anonymous said...

Ok Bill - but perhaps you'd like to explain how that applies to a private entity like Twitter?

Bill R. said...

@Anon 7:15, you're right. A private company can do pretty much what they want in this regard. My reply was to the posted article and I stand by my original comment. Hate speech IS free speech and the antidote is more free speech. Personally, the only reason I got a Twitter account was for easy and convenient access to launch information on the Florida Space Coast. I do not use it otherwise.