Twitter is now taking the steps to ensure stricter anti-hate rules are enforced. In a blog post (Per Recode), Twitter said that it will start suspending users that are affiliated with hate groups “on and off the platform.” The company recently updates policies on hate and abuse and is now taking the proper measures to ensure they are enforced accordingly, not only online but also offline.
Twitter says that it will take appropriate action against people that use hateful imagery and language in their profiles, condone or glorify violence, and participate in groups that promote violence against civilians. This includes their actions outside of Twitter. If a user is found to be breaking these new rules, the company will ask user to delete individual tweets, but if offenses are repeated, the company will issue a permanent ban on the account.
The company didn’t explicitly single out net-Nazi or other racist with these new rules, but there’s also no question that they’re the ones that will be most affected by the new rules that are now being enforced. These new rules come after rising concerns that Twitter was allowing violent hate groups to carry on their unacceptable actions. Recode noted that far-right users are bracing themselves for a “purge.”
If Twitter sticks to enforcing these rules (which frankly has been a problem), it will isolate hate groups and prevent them from harassing and threatening other users on and off the platform. “Today, we are starting to enforce these policies across Twitter,” the company said in their blog post. “In our efforts to be more aggressive here, we may make some mistakes and are working on a robust appeals process. We’ll evaluate and iterate on these changes in the coming days and weeks, and will keep you posted on progress along the way.”