Enforcing New Rules to Reduce Hateful Conduct and Abusive Behavior

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In an effort to curb a reputation of faulty policy enforcement - and to "make Twitter a safer place" - Twitter says it will enforce a fresh set of guidelines to reduce abusive and violent content, beginning today.

"This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism", the rule continues.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, commended Twitter "for taking these significant steps to tackle hate on their platform".

President Donald Trump caused an uproar last month when he retweeted several of Fransen's posts that contained anti-Islam videos.

Fransen's account was blocked yesterday, along with that of Britain First leader Paul Golding, as Twitter begins enforcing new rules created to curb hate speech. The Traditionalist Worker Party, a group in part founded by neo-Nazi Tony Hovater got banned, as did End Time Paradigm, an anti-Semitic account.

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen has come up with a new Twitter account following yesterday's ban. a simple inversion of her name.

Twitter's actions drew praise from civil rights groups.

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If a user posts hateful symbols or images, it must be marked "sensitive media". As of early Monday afternoon, Spencer's account is still functioning.

Asked Monday if Twitter's new rules would stop Nazis and their ilk from just opening new accounts after being kicked off the site, a Twitter spokesperson told HuffPost that the company takes "preventative measures to help keep accounts that have been suspended from popping up under new guises, though we don't discuss those measures publicly lest we inadvertently make it easier for suspended users to evade such measures".

Twitter has been overhauling many of its policies in recent weeks following repeated criticism over how it handles abusive content.

"It's essential that they provide clarity to the users whose content is removed", said Llanso, whose nonprofit is a member of the Trust and Safety Council group of outside organizations advising Twitter.

McGowan had also been using the platform to call out sexual harassment in Hollywood, posting a series of tweets about Harvey Weinstein.

James Fields Jr., accused of running down Heather Heyer during a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, was photographed carrying a shield from Vanguard America, which was banned from Twitter on Monday. We will begin enforcing this rule around affiliation with such organizations on December 18, 2017. In our efforts to be more aggressive here, we may make some mistakes and are working on a robust appeals process.

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