Thursday, 7 January 2016
Twitter has updated its abusive behaviour policy:
We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.
Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.
* Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.
* Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.
Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
o if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
o if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
o if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
o if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
* Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.
*Multiple account abuse: Creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses or in order to evade the temporary or permanent suspension of a separate account is not allowed.
* Private information: You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address, or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission. In addition, you may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent. Read more about our private information policy here.
* Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others. Read more about our impersonation policy here.