Twitter is entirely refreshing its rules once again as a countermeasure to abusive behavior, adult contents, spam, and self-harm. The recent-most significant incident on the message platform that escalated this refreshment is regarding President Trump, whose Twitter account was taken down by an employee for a few minutes.
Twitter is looking forward to changing its content policies following the incident, simultaneously keeping the fundamentals as they are. It will come up with examples for user convenience and will start rolling out the changes by November 22.
According to Twitter, abusive tweeting is one of the major concerns. In the update report, the social network says, “We are making it clear that context – including if the behavior is targeted, if a report has been filed and by whom, and if the tweet itself is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest – is crucial when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions.”
Among other changes, the concerns are surrounding self-harm. Twitter will newly analyze contents for detecting the same, and for the better (of course!). The platform has removed tweets that include or encourage the self-harming behavior. The updated policy notes the strictness of Twitter in implementing the new rule.
As long as spam is concerned, Twitter will have more faith on behavioral signals than the factual precision of info shared on the platform. The change of policy in this regard reads, “As part of this update, we’re also clarifying that when we review accounts that demonstrate spam-like behavior, we focus on behavioral signals, not the factual accuracy of the information they share.”
The contents determined as ‘graphic’ or ‘adult’ are banned from Twitter, as per the new changes. The social network service will clarify in its Help Center webpage with examples, on exactly which kinds of contents are to fall under these labels.
Well, Twitter also confirms that these will not be the last changes they make. November 22 will see further versions of the new rules, which will target hateful imagery, violent groups, and abusive usernames.
As a sum up, Twitter is no different as social media than the likes of Google and Facebook, who had always been facing questions regarding abusive contents, and even the spread of fake news. We hope that the newest changes that Twitter brings to its policy will do good in answering those – at least from its side.