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Twitter bans religious insults calling groups rats or maggots

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    alyaza Link
    i suppose this begs the question: was this not already banned before this point by some other rule twitter had and they simply didn't enforce it, or did they seriously have a loophole which...

    i suppose this begs the question: was this not already banned before this point by some other rule twitter had and they simply didn't enforce it, or did they seriously have a loophole which allowed this previously that's gone unnoticed until now?

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    1. apoctr Link Parent
      I would assume not, although I've not read their terms. There was this, from the article, which could have been applied more broadly to language used to produce hateful imagery, but obviously wasn't.

      I would assume not, although I've not read their terms. There was this, from the article,

      In addition, it had prohibited the use of imagery that might stir up hatred,

      which could have been applied more broadly to language used to produce hateful imagery, but obviously wasn't.

      5 votes
    2. The_Fad (edited ) Link Parent
      I don't believe it was previously laid out with this specificity. Most of Twitter's rules, at least in the past, were very vague and allowed admins miles of room for interpretation, which is...

      I don't believe it was previously laid out with this specificity. Most of Twitter's rules, at least in the past, were very vague and allowed admins miles of room for interpretation, which is partly why Twitter turned into such a huge shithole in the first place. This just seems like further clarification of those rules.

      That being said, I'm not sure how much this will actually help, given Twitter's gross mishandling of moderation in the past. Avoiding the specific examples they provide while still belittling and being hateful to religious groups is fairly easy, and if they don't extend this rule to allow for removal of that sort of similar content it's not going to solve their problem.

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