Micro-blogging Site Twitter bans hateful content that targets people for their disease of disability.
As per details, Twitter bans posts that “dehumanise” people. Twitter Bans Posts that promotes Hateful Content.
This step is taken happens to correspond to an explosion of tweets about the spreading coronavirus.
The company detailed its policy to Reuters.
Twitter briefed that The policy change not not a reaction to the outbreak of the virus but part of its continual effort to update its rules against hateful content.
Twitter’s hateful conduct policy already bans attacking or threatening others on the basis of categories such as race, sexual orientation, age, disability or serious disease.
This update will mean that those attacks do not need to be targeted at an individual or specific group.
“We couldn’t have predicted that this would happen in terms of the coronavirus,” Jerrel Peterson, Twitter’s head of safety policy said to Reuters.
Twitter under pressure to clean up hateful content on its platform.
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Moreover a Reuters search for derogatory terms linked to the virus on Twitter found posts called Chinese people “subhuman” or likened them to animals.
Across China, total number of deaths due to coronavirus reached 3,042 with the number of infections hitting 80,552.
Furthermore China’s National Health Commission reported Friday, 30 new coronavirus deaths and 143 new infections reported.
At least 29 of the new deaths and 126 new cases from the province of Hubei, mainland of Coronavirus outbreak.
Death toll in United States from coronavirus rose to 12 when King County in Washington reported the latest death.
Many of cases in Washington linked to outbreak at a nursing facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, including six deaths.