BREAKING: Twitter ‘purge’ could shut down lots of people’s accounts today (See Reasons)

Twitter is preparing to launch a ‘purge’ which could result in a lot of people’s accounts being shut down.

The social network unveiled its new rules on abuse and threats of violence in November and they come into force today.

The new rules will target abuse, hateful conduct and threats of physical harm.

One of these rules will forbid the promotion of organisations that promote violence against civilians either on Twitter or offline in the real world.

This is likely to be used against accounts which support Isis. It is not clear whether it will be used to censor accounts run by violent members of the left-leaning ‘Antifa’ movement or used exclusively against right-wing organisations.

The new guidelines also ban ‘hateful images or symbols’ in user profiles or biographies.

Last month the site paused its verification process, as well as removing verified ‘blue tick’ badges from right-wing figures, including former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

This came after it was criticised for verifying the account of Jason Kessler, a prominent alt-right figure in the US who organised a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Twitter ‘purge’ could shut down lots of people’s accounts today
Twitter said the verified badge was never meant as a sign of endorsement, and the firm’s boss Jack Dorsey described the process as ‘broken’.

The success of Twitter and other social networks has been blamed for creating a phenomenon called ‘the filter bubble’, which means people very rarely hear from people whose opinions are different to their own.

This problem can only get worse if right-wing people decamp to different social networks, as it means the chances of people having conversations across the political divide will become even smaller.

The new rules will be published in full later on today. Anyone who flouts the rules will be banned permanently.

Conservatives and right-wingers fear they will be targeted during the purge and are already calling on supporters to swap to platforms like Gab, which is uncensored and dedicated to freedom of speech.

People on the right often allege that Silicon Valley is gripped by left-wing bias and hellbent on silencing opposing voices.

But left-wingers and liberals fear  Twitter has gone too far by allowing members of the far right to use it to spread a message they deem to be hateful.
BREAKING: Twitter ‘purge’ could shut down lots of people’s accounts today (See Reasons) BREAKING: Twitter ‘purge’ could shut down lots of people’s accounts today (See Reasons) Reviewed by Oddy Tech on December 18, 2017 Rating: 5

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