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Twitter Plans To End Revenge Porn Next Week, Hate Speech In Two (arstechnica.com) 293

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the beginning of 2017, Twitter said it would take on harassment and hate speech. CEO Jack Dorsey said the company would embrace a "completely new approach to abuse on Twitter" with open dialogue along the way. For months, though, the company has offered few details about what it would do, or when. That changed late yesterday, when Twitter posted a timeline with specific promises on actions it will take. The changes begin next week. On October 27, Twitter will expand what types of "non-consensual nudity" (aka "revenge porn") that it takes action against. The company will already act when a victim complains, but Twitter will soon act even in cases where the victims may not be aware images were taken, instances like upskirt photos and hidden webcams. "Anyone we identify as the original poster of non-consensual nudity will be suspended immediately," the October entry reads. On November 3, Twitter will ban hate imagery in profile headers and avatars, and the service will start suspending accounts "for organizations that use violence to advance their cause." The same day it will institute a policy of stopping "Unwanted Sexual Advances," although the company says it has already been taking enforcement actions on this front. Later in November, Twitter will ban "hateful display names."
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Twitter Plans To End Revenge Porn Next Week, Hate Speech In Two

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  • x will be suspended immediately. y, too.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20, 2017 @05:20PM (#55406591)

      Don't you worry one bit lad! Twitter's banbot has been updated with the latest AI and anyone posting pictures of glasses of milk, the OK fingersign, any frogs whatsoever, or any posting with the letters "k", "e" and another "k" in it will be immediately banned without possibility of appeal. Our staff are diligently scanning 4chan to maintain the most up-to-date hate speech monitoring as well, so new memes will immediately result in more mass bans to keep our platform free of the villainy of hate speech retroactively!

      Yours,
      Twitter

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Welcome to the future, comrades!

        Twitter: Building the Radiant Future one Goosestep at a time!

  • ... the service will start suspending accounts "for organizations that use violence to advance their cause."

    No more government-sanctioned posts on Twitter, then? Good riddance.

    • by rossz ( 67331 ) <.ogre. .at. .geekbiker.net.> on Friday October 20, 2017 @04:30PM (#55406297) Homepage Journal

      I look forward to seeing Antifa accounts suspended.

      • by Okian Warrior ( 537106 ) on Friday October 20, 2017 @04:47PM (#55406395) Homepage Journal

        I look forward to seeing Antifa accounts suspended.

        Good luck with that.

        A fuckton of people are on Gab after getting kicked off of twitter, and are running a thread Not Allowed on Twitter [gab.ai].

        I realize this is probably a biased sample, but there's a lot of "*this* got me kicked off, while *that* is allowed" posts that highlight the double-standard.

        It would seem that left-leaning posts are taken with a wink and a smile, while right-leaning posts are censored with an overreaching iron fist. It's often completely mysterious what twitter standards are violated; apparently talking about and linking to someone twitter doesn't like (such as Milo) is enough to get you banned, even if the actual text is pedestrian such as "I saw this guy speak last night and he was OK".

        There was one post that came out completely against Nazis (saying things like "Nazis are bad, I don't condone nazis, and the like) and apparently used the word "nazi" too many times and got banned. All from completely unexciting text.

        Here's an example [windows.net] of a post that's *allowed* on twitter.

        • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

          Plenty of left leaning people get banned on Twitter too. Kevin Logan was banned last week for a relatively mild insult. Twitter is just bad at enforcing rules and is reliant on people reporting stuff.

          The whole point of this change is to be proactive and enforce more consistently. I'm not sure it's a great idea but let's see how it works.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          A fuckton of people are on Gab after getting kicked off of twitter, and are running a thread Not Allowed on Twitter. [gab.ai]

          And as long as Gab shows a login screen instead of the thread that you linked to, Twitter will not need to worry about the competition.

        • by DogDude ( 805747 )
          Too bad nobody can look at what you posted.
    • Unless this includes a policy reversal, Trump still get's a pass since he's basically their financial lifeline [bloomberg.com] right now--err em, excuse me... I mean "news worthy." [twitter.com]
  • That's impossible! The only way they could do that... oh... my... God! Twitter's going to KILL ALL HUMANS!
  • They ban the POTUS' account. Most of it's just stupid shit that's 'not presidential', but some of it is hate-mongering.

    Prediction: Twitter will continue to hide behind a bullshit exemption (if they acknowledge the exception at all) because Trump's bile draws eyeballs like a traffic accident.

  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Friday October 20, 2017 @05:47PM (#55406737) Journal
    So what will this new SJW "internet" be like?
    Positive news about communist parties and communist party history?
    Really, really positive movie and actor reviews. Negative reviews get removed?
    Reminders from governments about policy and laws?
    Positive tourism stories?
    Positive product reviews?
    • It'll be just like the state-run newspapers in a Communist country. Only less well-written. And in support of socially degenerate forms of capitalism, rather than mild socialism.

      (Fwiw, I currently live in a Communist country. The semi-official news media here are no worse than the semi-official news media in the States. Maybe a little better, because at least they are not pretending to be objective.)

  • by MSTCrow5429 ( 642744 ) on Friday October 20, 2017 @06:13PM (#55406837)

    Based on Twitter's abuse of its users by banning people who lack right-think, and the narrower and narrower that band becomes, they're just going to be banning most of its active users for "hatespeech," i.e. opinions whomever is looking at it thinks is wrong.

  • Well.....shit....This pretty much put an end to the POTUS's account.....
  • That cuts 90% of the hate speech on Twitter in a single action.

A motion to adjourn is always in order.

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