Twitter to Ban Tweets that Dehumanize Religious Groups

After New Zealand’s attack, social media platforms have been working so actively around the clock to curb the issue of hate speeches. Recently, Twitter has announced the updates to its policies in order to address hateful language directed at religious groups. This action will definitely bring a huge change. By deleting the tweets containing the dehumanizing language will stop the violence to a great extent.

Twitter believes that Protecting religious groups is the first step towards protecting all “marginalized groups. If the new policy becomes successful, then the company can apply a similar standard to other protected groups as it is also planning to expand the policy to cover dehumanizing language that criticizes others based on their race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Twitter to Remove Tweets that Dehumanize Religious Groups

The company wrote on its Twitter Safety blog:

“After months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion,”

The company will also remove all the previous tweets that contain the offending language. However, Twiter would not suspend the user’s account as they were made before Twitter’s policy implementation.

From now Twitter will not allow tweets that compare specific religious groups to animals, or express other hateful opinions. The step taken by Twitter is highly appreciable as the company was often criticized for waiting too long to take harassment and abuse seriously.