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Twitter to put warnings before swastikas, other hate images

Twitter to put warnings before swastikas, other hate images

Monday morning, Twitter suspended the account of the deputy leader of nationalist United Kingdom party Britain First.

British Prime Minister Theresa May lashed out at Trump, saying, "Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions", the Independent reported.

The so-called alt-right, a coalition born online that combines racism, white nationalism, anti-feminism and populism in its politics and meme-driven trolling of others, has for months been building alternatives to Twitter and other social media sites due to increased crackdowns on hate speech and ideology. "Oh but you're the good guys... right?", wrote the account Kekistan MoD, which also posted an image of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doctored to look like a Soviet leader, complete with the hammer and sickle.

The new guidelines, which were first announced one month ago, were put into place Monday. The policy pointed more widely, toward "specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people", the Twitter blog said. The new rules will apply to accounts including those that affiliate themselves with organizations that "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes".

It added: "Groups included in this policy will be those that identify as such or engage in activity - both on and off the platform - that promotes violence".




But Twitter said it would not cut off accounts for military or government entities, and would consider exceptions "for groups that are now engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution". Twitter eventually reinstated McGowan's account and said that it had been suspended because of a tweet that violated its rules on privacy. The videos depict men committing violent acts, with captions alleging those men are Muslim.

Twitter is also prohibiting users from abusing or threatening others through their profiles or usernames. That content will be removed and repeat offenders will be banned. If an account's profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended.

The tech giant is developing unspecified "internal tools" to help identify accounts in violation in order to supplement reports from users.

Tweets can still include hate imagery, but users will have to click through a warning to see them, the company said. It's also classifying hateful imagery like logos, symbols, or images that are used to promote hostility against others based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity as "sensitive media". If this type of content appears in header or profile images, we will now accept profile-level reports and require account owners to remove any violating media.

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