Twitter’s new rules ban ‘hateful conduct,’ may thwart ISIS propaganda

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Twitter has set new rules banning accounts that promote violence or threaten others.

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The social media site has been faulted for failing to ban accounts that promote violence or make threats based on religion, race, ethnicity and six other categories.

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  • George Nixon Shuler

    The inclusion of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” categories would on the surface appear to prevent expressions of homophobia and transphobia, but I’m sure the hatemongers will find a way to fit them in. The same is also true of woman hatred, wherein the right-wing sneer that abortions are motivated by “conveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenience” but I am sure the haters will keep being able to express it there. It would be better to let the right-wing say what they really think and then suffer the social opprobrium they merit for their despicable behavior. What they don’t understand is most Americans find LGBTs and women who have abortions considerably less offensive than we do the right-wing.

  • Faith

    Goodness! Physician, heal thyself! How did you turn a report on the new rules aimed at stopping ISIS and the like from using twitter, to a bashing of the right-wing? Seems to me you are the one filled with hate. I hope you find some peace.

  • Junebug

    Good for Twitter. Hate is rooted in lies and fear. Neither are helpful to our discourse.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Nah, ya got me wrong. It’s easy to speak of ISIS, Al Queda, The Taliban, and the like and seamlessly discuss the American Political Religious Right, because the goal is the same, just the name by which they refer to deity is different. Gotta admit, though, theirs is more creative, calling the One God “Allah.” The way we call God “God” is kind of like naming your dog “Dog.” Of course, they ban a lot of other stuff we don’t, like photography, art, and music. But then we are so hung up about sex, it all evens out. If we can defeat the extremists all over, we’ll all find peace. I always fight tyranny with a smile on my lips and a song in my heart. Good night, good afternoon, and good morning!

  • Filipe

    “Gotta admit, though, theirs is more creative, calling the One God “Allah.” The way we call God “God” is kind of like naming your dog “Dog.””

    Ha ha! Great stuff! Except for the small detail that Allah actually just means God in Arabic, and is used by Muslims and Arab speaking Christians alike, but hey! Don’t let facts get in the way of bashing those evil Christians who are “exactly the same” as ISIS.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    That’s very helpful – the stuff about the term “Allah,” that is. The rest, not so much. Your last sentence seems sarcastic. Why not just state the point you wish to make directly? I will tell you this: if you dispute my thesis, which is backed by facts including that more Americans in America have died at the hands of Christian terrorists than Islamic ones, say why instead of just being silly.

  • Pata

    This is about banning hate speech against Islam.
    Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, who in 2011 invested $300 million in the social network, now owns 34.9 million shares of Twitter’s common stock, according to a new regulatory filing (pdf).
    At nearly 5.2%, his stake in the company is now larger than that of Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and newly re-minted CEO, whose 21.86 million shares give him 3.2% of the company, according to FactSet. (The prince previously had a stake of roughly 3%.)

    After the prince increased his shares, this news hits.


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