Twitter today adapted its rules on hate speech to accommodate dehumanizing accent adjoin several new groups of people — accurately those with disabilities, of altered age groups, and those with diseases.

To keep you up to speed, Twitter’s absolute rules adjoin abhorrent conduct accommodate using dehumanizing accent to call adjoin race, ethnicity, civic origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and religious affiliation. This usually covers any kind of aspersing comment, and the all-embracing policy adds that you may not use the belvedere to incite abandon or make threats on the basis of any of these characteristics.


Given that we’re living in the time of COVID-19 now, this is apparently an optimal moment to accommodate ache in as a matter of hate speech. Nothing wrong with auspicious benevolence and empathy, abnormally as the bogeyman of a global communicable hangs over our heads. And hating on anyone because of disabilities is just never cool.

That said, with commendations to the age thing, I do wonder if this’ll do annihilation to curb the generational shit-talk I see so often on social media — you know, the “Boomers suck/millennials are lazy/zoomers don’t know they’re born” talk. One of the examples Cheep gives of the sort of accent they see is “All [Age Group] are leeches and don’t deserve any abutment from us,” and , the accepted account of that just ashamed my brain in my head.

Feedback on its abhorrent conduct policy, says Cheep Safety, is that its accent needs to be clearer. Another criticism was that people wanted to be able to use potentially abhorrent accent to altercate groups that don’t necessarily fall into the adequate categories: “Respondents said that ‘identifiable groups’ was too broad, and they should be accustomed to engage with political groups, hate groups, and other non-marginalized groups with this type of language. Many people wanted to ‘call out hate groups in any way, any time, after fear.'” That’s a bit of an odd reaction: “I don’t want your rules to anticipate me from spitting fire at groups I don’t alone like.” But then again, this is Cheep we’re talking about.

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