Twitter begins enforcing new anti-hate speech rules

Twitter begins enforcing new anti-hate speech rules

Twitter banned a number of accounts associated with far-right extremists Monday morning, including at least one that has been retweeted by President Trump, as it began to institute new rules against hate and harassment.

Trump's promotion of Britain First material led to renewed calls among Twitter users for the platform to take action against racial and religious abuse.

Britain First Leaders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding have been suspended from Twitter along with the group's account under the social media company's revised rules on hate speech.

So far the purge seems to have targeted white nationalists and racist groups - with all the main accounts for Britain First suspended. In August, social media networks began removing white nationalists after hundreds gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of them was charged with murdering a 32-year-old woman by running her down in a vehicle.

Twitter has released new guidelines to implement changes in their policy to reduce hateful imagery, violent threats and groups inciting or glorifying brutality on Twitter.

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The move came a day before British MPs, who are part of the Home Affairs Committee, were set to discuss the role social media plays in influencing hate crime.

Mr Dorsey said the site had "mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason" the videos remained online, with the company adding its current media policy had not been violated, but would "continue to re-evaluate and examine our policies as the world around us evolves". 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). According to Twitter, hateful imagery includes logos, symbols or images that highlight hostility and malice against people on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity and national origin.

Among the accounts to be suspended is that of deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who gained notoriety when three anti-Muslim videos she posted were retweeted by US President Donald Trump. Twitter has also been criticized for the seemingly arbitrary way it enforces its rules and has previously said it plans to do a better job of responding to users' reports of abuse.

"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".

"We will immediately and permanently suspend any account we identify as the original poster/source of non-consensual nudity and/or if a user makes it clear they are intentionally posting said content to harass their target", the email read.

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