Jul 9, 2019

Twitter bans religious insults calling groups rats or maggots

Twitter is updating its hate-speech rules to ban posts that liken religious groups to rats, viruses or maggots, among other dehumanising terms. Twitter's hateful conduct policy had already banned users from spreading scaremongering stereotypes about religious groups - such as claiming all adherents were terrorists. "So, it's been incredibly disappointing to see Twitter drag its feet over this." President Trump recently accused tech leaders of favouring his Democratic rivals and said Twitter in particular should be sued as a consequence. A spokeswoman for Twitter declined to say if it had been asked to attend the Washington DC meeting.

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