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Twitter has updated its rules: Here’s all you need to know

Twitter has come under heavy criticism due to its policies (or lack of them) regarding hate speech, harassment, trolling, nudity and more. To address that the micro-blogging site has rolled out a concise set of rules that address a lot of user concerns.

Twitter has three new rule categories — safety, privacy and authenticity — that will help users find the information quickly.

The existing rule pages have also been updated to provide more information like step-by-step instructions on how to report, and the actions taken by the company once a report has been registered.

“Today, we’re refreshing our rules with simple, clear language and reorganizing them into high-level categories: safety, privacy and authenticity. We’ve also added detail around other policies, including election integrity, platform manipulation and spam,” writes Del Harvey, VP of Trust and Safety, Twitter.

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Twitter rules in brief

Following are several updated and new Twitter rules (verbatim @TwitterSafety)

  • Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.
  • Terrorism: You may not threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism.
  • Child exploitation: We have zero tolerance for child sexual exploitation on Twitter.
  • Harassment/Trolling: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. This includes wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm.
  • Hate Speech: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.
  • Self-harm: You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm.
  • Gore/Adult content: You may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within live video or in profile or header images. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted.
  • Buying/Selling illegal goods: You may not use our service for any unlawful purpose or in furtherance of illegal activities. This includes selling, buying, or facilitating transactions in illegal goods or services, as well as certain types of regulated goods or services.
  • Threatening Privacy: You may not publish or post other people’s private information (such as home phone number and address) without their express authorization and permission. We also prohibit threatening to expose private information or incentivizing others to do so.
  • Sharing media: You may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent.
  • Misleading: You may not use Twitter’s services in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behaviour that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience on Twitter.
  • Misinformation: You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections. This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress voter turnout or mislead people about when, where, or how to vote.
  • Impersonation: You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others.
  • Copyright: You may not violate others’ intellectual property rights, including copyright and trademark.

Users can read all of Twitter’s rules here. Users can also check out what happens when a rule is violated here.

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