Twitter simplifies its rules to emphasize safety, privacy and authenticity
The social media platform wants to make clear what's allowed and what's not.
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"Rules should be easy to understand," the Twitter Safety account tweeted. "We heard you, ours weren't. We updated, reordered, and shortened them, so you can know what's not allowed on Twitter. Click through this thread for all our rules, and read our blog to learn more."
More information -- including examples, detailed instructions on how to report something and information on what happens when Twitter takes action -- is being added to the rule pages, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, Del Harvey, said in a blog post.
In an effort to be more transparent, the platform is working to ensure each rule has a help page with detailed information and resources listed on it. Twitter will next work to update rules around abuse and harassment, hateful conduct, suicide or self-harm, and copyright, Harvey said in the post.
"Our focus remains on keeping everyone safe and supporting a healthier public conversation on Twitter," she wrote.