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Twitter to update its hateful conduct rules

The violence against religious minorities is on the rise around the world. Due to this, Twitter has announced that it will update its hateful conduct rules to include dehumanizing speech against religious groups. Tweets that target specific religious groups will be required to be removed as per the violation of company’s code of conduct.

Any previous tweets that contain any offending language would need to be removed. However, the user’s account would not be suspended. This is because the tweets were posted before the policy was implemented and communicated by Twitter.

In the U.S. alone, the Anti-Defamation League found that 37% of Americans had experienced severe online hate and harassment in 2018. According to the recent survey, roughly 35% of Muslims and 16% of Jews experienced harassment online because of their religious affiliation. The ADL also reported that 28% of Twitter users had experienced harassment.

Twitter has said it started the policy with religious groups after receiving more than 8,000 responses from people located in more than 30 countries around the world.