Twitter turns to Arabic speakers to help create new abuse policy

Twitter is putting a call for feedback for Arabic speakers on an upcoming abuse-related policy to ensure it considers global perspectives
Twitter turns to Arabic speakers to help create new abuse policy
By Sam Bridge
Sat 06 Oct 2018 02:16 PM

For the first time, Twitter is putting a call for feedback for Arabic speakers on an upcoming abuse-related policy to ensure it considers global perspectives.

It is inviting Arabic speakers (Twitter and non-Twitter users) to submit their feedback to its new policy, to help it shape it.

The feedback form sits in Twitter MENA's Arabic blog - https://blog.twitter.com/official/ar/topics/company/2018/Creating-new-po...

It will be available until Tuesday October 9 4pm Saudi time. The feedback form is also available in other Twitter blogs in English, Spanish and Japanese. Feedback will be aggregated throughout the first couple of weeks in October.

In a statement, Twitter said: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter. In the past, we’ve created our rules with a rigorous policy development process; it involves in-depth research and partnership with the members of our Trust and Safety Council and other experts to ensure these policies best serve every person on the service. Now, we’re trying something new by asking everyone for feedback on a policy before it’s part of the Twitter Rules."

For the last three months, Twitter said it gas been developing a new policy to address dehumanizing language on Twitter.

"Language that makes someone less than human can have repercussions off the service, including normalizing serious violence," it added.

"With this change, we want to expand our hateful conduct policy to include content that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target."

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