Twitter considers banning 'dehumanising speech'

Twitter is asking its users if it should ban "dehumanising speech" or whether it would be too harsh of a crackdown on free speech.
A statement acknowledged how it had previously developed policies without asking users, but now it is seeking their feedback."For the last three months, we have been developing a new policy to address dehumanising language on Twitter," the company said."Language that makes someone less than human can have repercussions off the service, including normalising serious violence."Some of this language is already prohibited and has led to Twitter banning far-right accounts, including those of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and the leaders of Britain First.The company is now proposing a new policy, stating: "You may not dehumanise anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm."A brief search by Sky News for dehumanising terms such as "sub-human" returned dozens of results, including from verified accounts.:: Roseanne Barr's TV show cancelled after Twitter race row
Twitter considers banning 'dehumanising speech'

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Users are being asked to rate the clarity of the policy on a scale between one and five.
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