Twitter’s Rule Change Challenges Hate Groups
Twitter has a new plan to crackdown on hate speech, but it means the social media giant will monitor on-and off-line behavior.
Twitter started taking action against white nationalists and far-right figures this week.
It stripped activist Richard Spencer and Unite The Right rally organizer Jason Kessler of their verification badges.
That’s the little blue check you see on the accounts of prominent figures and celebrities.
The company is also reevaluating who it will verify in the future.
Twitter has long been criticized for turning a blind eye to neo-nazis and other groups that use its platform to spread messages of hate.
Friday, Twitter announced new changes to its terms of service.
The update reads: “You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”