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Twitter moves to curb religious insults

Updated July 11, 2019

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Twitter is moving to filter out inappropriate content based on religion as part of its effort to curb hate speech. — AFP/File
Twitter is moving to filter out inappropriate content based on religion as part of its effort to curb hate speech. — AFP/File

WASHINGTON: Twitter is moving to filter out inappropriate content based on religion as part of its effort to curb hate speech. In a policy update on Wednesday, Twitter said it would take down “dehumanising language” that targets specific religious groups.

Examples shown by Twitter that would be removed would be description of members of a religion as “disgusting” or “filthy animals”. “After months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanises others on the basis of religion,” the Twitter safety team wrote. “Starting today, we will require tweets like these to be removed from Twitter when they’re reported to us.”

Published in Dawn, July 11th, 2019