In a statement published on the company’s blog, Twitter said it would remove tweets that “dehumanize people on the basis of their religion” when these messages are brought to their attention.
They said that tweets published on or before Tuesday and reported will also be deleted, but will not be subject to account suspension, as they were published before the rules were tightened.
However, Twitter does not specify any specific information about whether tweets published after the rule will be accompanied by a suspension of the account that posted the offending message.
To illustrate its decision, the social network uses examples of statements it considers dehumanizing against a religion, such as “disgusting” or “filthy animals”.
Twitter is engaged in a broader movement to fight hate speech on its platform. The group led by Jack Dorsey recently announced measures against messages from politicians inciting violence or hatred.
Most observers had seen this as a targeted measure against Donald Trump’s rabid tweets.
The social network also has clear rules regarding all tweets that specifically call for violence against an individual or community, glorify terrorism or harass a particular person.
Twitter, like Facebook and other social networks, are regularly accused of not doing enough to fight hate speech. These social networks are struggling to reconcile this objective with the preservation of the open nature of platforms of this type.