Twitter details how it reviews and enforces rules around hate speech, violence and harassment

 Twitter has been under fire lately (slash always) for its methods to deal with harassment and abuse on its platform. In an effort to provide some insight into its thinking, Twitter has added some new articles to its help center that detail how the company reviews and enforces rules, as well as the factors it considers in its decision-making process.
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Twitter posts a new version of its rules with updated sections on abuse, spam, violence and more

 Twitter today published a new version of its rules, in an effort to further clarify its policies about abuse, spam, self-harm and other topics, as well as to better explain how it determines the appropriate action – like suspending an abuser’s account, for example. The company says the updated documentation doesn’t represent changes to the “fundamentals” of its… Read More

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WTF is sexual harassment

 There are many cases that could be useful as a launching point; let’s start with the recent and lengthy rebuttal of so-called tech evangelist Robert Scoble, following multiple allegations that he has sexually harassed and assaulted a number women in the industry where Scoble has made his name. As Scoble wrote in his own defense, on his personal blog this week, “If I were guilty… Read More

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Representatives Pelosi and DelBene: “No tolerance” for culture of harassment

 Washington Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently visited the UW’s Computer Science school to discuss the workplace of the 21st century and women’s place in it. Their talk covered a number of topics, but one given more serious consideration was that of sexual harassment in industries and disciplines dominated by men. Read More

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Silenced by “free speech”

 There’s a fundamental incongruency between being pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it too. And it can’t be solved by a little more transparency or by hoping average citizens will do the right thing. The principle of free speech on which the United States was… Read More

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