[lg policy] Twitter announced Tuesday a new policy to combat “dehumanizing language

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 10:22:38 EDT 2018


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Twitter announced Tuesday a new policy to combat “dehumanizing language,”
as it continues searching for ways to make its platform more hospitable.

Users will not be allowed to “dehumanize anyone” based on their background
because “this speech can lead to offline harm,” the company said in a blog
post
<https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2018/Creating-new-policies-together.html>.
If you’re wondering at this point what  Twitter’s definition of
“dehumanizing language” is, the company broke it down into two categories:
when users are “denied of human qualities” or “denied of human nature.”
Twitter gave examples of comparing users to animals or “reducing groups to
their genitalia.”
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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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