Twitter is attempting to eliminate the use of dehumanizing language on its platform which comprises of a huge part of its platform.
But the company is not planning to engage in a complete makeover of the platform and start from scratch once again. Rather, the company is hoping that implementation of the new policy would help in the reduction of use of abusive rhetoric that is often clouding the timelines everywhere.
“Language that makes someone less than human can have repercussions off the service, including normalizing serious violence,” the company said in a blog post that was written by two women. “Some of this content falls within our hateful conduct policy…but there are still Tweets many people consider to be abusive, even when they do not break our rules.”
The aim of the new policy is to plug the holes that have remained uncovered by its existing policy on hateful conduct. Experts have claimed that those loopholes in the current policy have been made use of by alt-right groups and by dangerous conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones to continue to do the same till recently despite the harmful speeches and rhetoric of their posts.
According to got reports, the following would the write up of the proposed new policy by Twitter: You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm.
“With this change, we want to expand our hateful conduct policy to include content that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target,” the blog post reads.
According to experts, this policy apparently seems to be radically good. Under this new policy, the social media platform would be able to ban any language which has the tendency to even slightly compare human being and people to animals. One example is the much controversial tweet by Roseanne about Valerie Jarrett or some of the other racist language that were directed at people of color. Those tweets that compared and reduce people to genitalia would also be banned. This essentially means that theoretically, one cannot be compared Donald Trump with a dick.
The new policy however is not final. Users are being asked for their opinion on the policy by the company so that it can refine it. For this purpose, Twitter is conducting a survey that will be available for users to respond to for two weeks.
Depending on the results of the survey, Twitter would most probably come out with a new policy by the end of the current year, said reports.
(Adapted from WSJ.com)