But Twitter decided not to adopt the sweeping proposal — and President Trump is still at it. On Saturday he attacked Democrat Elijah Cummings, whose congressional district includes Baltimore, and criticized the city. He said “no human being” would want to live there and said it was “disgusting, rat and rodent infested.”
Indeed, Twitter confirmed on Sunday that Trump’s tweets did not violate its rules at all.
Last September, Vijaya Gadde and Del Harvey, two senior Twitter employees, outlined a proposed “new policy to address dehumanizing language on Twitter.”
The proposal defined dehumanizing language as “Language that treats others as less than human,” adding, “Dehumanization can occur when others are denied of human qualities.”
But when Twitter finally rolled out the new rules earlier this month, it was a scaled back version of what the company had proposed last September.
Twitter banned dehumanizing language against religious groups, as well as other protected categories — which include people of color and “marginalized and historically underrepresented communities.”
Dehumanizing language against people based on where they live would not be banned as originally proposed.
Twitter said they arrived at the decision after internal and external consultation.
“Respondents said that ‘identifiable groups’ was too broad, and they should be allowed to engage with political groups, hate groups, and other non-marginalized groups with this type of language,” Twitter said in a blog post.
Many observers argue that Trump’s criticism of Baltimore followed a trend of the president using language like “infestation” to criticize lawmakers who are people of color.
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