Twitter introduces new guidelines to combat hate speech and racism Twitter combats hate speech bans racism

Anyone who’s experienced social media knows how difficult it can be to get harmful content removed, or problematic users banned. Twitter has been expanding its policies for dealing with harmful content over the last year, and now, via a blog post, it’s confirmed that hate speech based on race, ethnicity, and national origin will be banned on the platform.

This isn’t the first update  Twitter has made to its platform guidelines to combat discrimination. Back in July 2019, guidelines were altered to prohibit hate speech against religious groups, and in March 2020 Twitter updated them again to ban hateful language based on age, disability or disease.

Any posts that go against these guidelines will be detected and removed by Twitter’s automated systems (something that’s previously been noted to be a flawed process) and any manually reported bigotry will now be swiftly removed.