Twitter wants to get serious about reining in dehumanizing language and abusive tweets.
While its ban on “hateful conduct” might be able to curb attacks directed at religion, gender, sexual orientation or race of individuals, there are apparently other categories that might not fall under the purview of the aforementioned rule but are nonetheless important to address with regards to protecting people's dignity. In a blog, Twitter wrote about "dehumanizing language" by referring to scholars like Susan Benesch who explain that dehumanization includes referring to people as things such as insects, despised animals, bacteria, and more.
Twitter wants to implement stricter rules to delete or prohibit on its platform any language or threat that dehumanizes any individual. The company is also working with policy makers and local non-governmental organizations regarding the issue. But prior to implementing a change/reform, it will seek users’ opinions on its proposed policy update in a survey which will be live until October 9.