Twitter updates its policy on violent content, what are the changes?

This Thursday, March 2, it was learned that the Twitter platform updated its rules on the content users can post on the platform, introducing its ‘violent speech’ policywhich prohibits posts with threats that glorify violence or wish harm on others.

As stressed by the social network led by Elon Musk, Twitter is a platform where people can express themselves, find out what is happening and discuss global issues. In this sense, it is advocated for azero tolerance” towards violent speech to “guarantee the safety of users and avoid the normalization of violent actions”.

The social network seeks to improve for its users. – Photo: NurPhoto via Getty Images

Based on this, Twitter incorporated a new policy with which it warns that, in the event that a user publishes tweets with content that is considered violent, the platform will proceed to suspend the account. For less serious violations, the user may be required to remove the content in question before being able to access their account again.

This is reflected in its new ‘violent speech’ policy, as the platform has announced through a tweet on the Twitter Safety account, in which he explains that they have implemented “some changes regarding violent content and similar language.”

Specifically, the ‘violent speech’ policy prohibits threats, intent to do harm, the glorification of violence and incitement to violence. Regarding violent threats, the social network refers to threatening to inflict physical harm on others, for example, by making reference to killing, torturing, sexually assaulting, or hurting any other person. It also alludes to threats against homes and civilian shelters.

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On the other hand, as detailed, it is not possible to “desire, expect or express a desire for harm.” This includes expecting others to die, suffer illness, tragic incidents, or experience other physically harmful consequences.

Regarding incitement to violence, users may not “promote or encourage” to commit acts of violence or harmsuch as encouraging other users to harm themselves, commit crimes, including war crimes or genocide.

Following this line, the glorification of any act of violence in which damage was produced, or expressions of gratitude to violent entities or perpetrators of violent attacks, including animal abuse or cruelty, will not be allowed either.

Despite all these guidelines, Twitter has indicated that it will allow expressions of violent language when “there is no clearly abusive or violent context”, for example, language used between friends, or during video game conversations and sporting events.

Likewise, the platform has stated that it allows certain rhetorical figures, as well as satires or artistic expressions. To identify these cases, Twitter has reported that it will make sure to “assess and understand the context behind the conversation before acting.”

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It is sought that users do not promote violence. – Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Twitter: This option helps to avoid misinformation on the platform

One of the main causes of the appearance of fake news it is the uncontrolled access, the anonymity, the abundance of data and the lack of regulation to publish content on the Internet. For this reason, it becomes increasingly difficult to trust content when it is in such an uncertain environment due to a lack of veracity and control.

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To control this serious problem on Twitter, the platform has developed a public access tool called “Community Notes”, to do fact-checking processes and add context to some popular and viral posts.

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There is a lot of misinformation on social media. – Photo: Getty Images

According to Twitter, the objective of this tool is to avoid misleading publications, and also, in cases where one of the notes written by users is classified as useful by several people, it can be shown publicly so that there are more Trust that tweet.

At this time, “Community Notes” are only available to users in the United States, and context can only be added to posts from accounts of people living in the United States. It should be noted that some users around the world can access them, and even apply to be eligible as part of the collaborators who publish said notes.

*With information from Europa Press.

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