Sep 25, 2018

Should gammon slur be banned on Twitter?

Twitter has asked its members to help shape new rules banning "Dehumanising speech", in which people are compared to animals or objects. At present, some derogatory language is deemed to be a clear violation of Twitter's existing hateful-conduct policy. Twitter's critics have used the hashtag #verifiedhate to highlight examples of what they believe to be bias in what the platform judges to be unacceptable. Twitter said it intended to prohibit dehumanising language towards people "In an identifiable group" because researchers had shown it could lead to real-world violence. "This consultation is the time for people, experts and free expression groups to be involved in the development of a policy that will protect individuals and groups," said Nick Pickles, senior policy strategist for Twitter.

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