Twitter Unveils New Speech Restrictions On 'Religion,' Locks Louis Farrakhan's Account Over 'Anti-Termite' Tweet

Chris Menahan
Jul. 10, 2019

Twitter unveiled new speech restrictions on Tuesday banning "language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion" and swiftly locked Louis Farrakhan account over his 2018 tweet where he said, "I'm not an anti-Semite. I'm anti-Termite."

From Twitter, "Updating our rules against hateful conduct":
We create our rules to keep people safe on Twitter, and they continuously evolve to reflect the realities of the world we operate within. Our primary focus is on addressing the risks of offline harm, and research* shows that dehumanizing language increases that risk. As a result, after months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.

Starting today, we will require Tweets like these to be removed from Twitter when they’re reported to us:

If reported, Tweets that break this rule sent before today will need to be deleted, but will not directly result in any account suspensions because they were Tweeted before the rule was set.
Louis Farrakhan's account was swiftly locked.

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The ADL praised Twitter's new speech restrictions but said Twitter has to do more to "combat hate" and attacked them for taking so long:

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