Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups using dehumanising language. The social network already bars hateful language directed at individual religious adherents. Tuesday’s change broadens that rule to forbid likening entire religious groups to subhumans or vermin.
The company has come under fire along with fellow social media networks such as Facebook and YouTube for the prevalence of harassment and offensive language on its service.
Twitter’s latest update came after users wrote in thousands of responses when the company asked for suggestions on how to expand its hate speech policies. The company says it may also ban similar language aimed at other groups such as those defined by gender, race and sexual orientation.
Meanwhile, a federal appeals court says President Donald Trump can’t ban critics from his Twitter account. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel agreed with a lower court judge who said Trump violates the First Amendment when he blocks critics.
The ruling came in a case brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. It had sued on behalf of seven individuals blocked by Trump after criticizing his policies.