By Alex Temblador
Twitter has recently changed their rules so as to protect many different groups from hateful messages, harassment, and the threat of violence on their social media platform. The social media giant will now ban accounts of persons who use homophobic or transphobic language to threaten or attack other users.
According to their website, the new rules specifically read: “You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories. ”
Previously, these rules were generalized to say, “promoting violence toward others,” but now that they are specific, it gives hope that Twitter will have a clear cut rule set on when and how to shut down accounts that use homophobic or transphobic language.
This new rule is significant in a world where nearly 42% of LGBT youth are being bullied online. We hope that Twitter vigorously upholds these new rules so as to protect hundreds of thousands of people from cyberbullying, especially in its most violent forms, and maintains a safe and inclusive environment for everyone to participate.