Twitter is writing new rules when it could just enforce existing ones

Last August, as it inched toward banning Alex Jones from its platform, Twitter invited the New York Times to sit in on a meeting about why it was taking so long. It would later emerge that Jones had already violated the company’s rules at least seven times, but CEO Jack Dorsey still hesitated to pull the trigger. By the meeting’s end, Dorsey had instructed his underlings to create a new policy banning “dehumanizing speech.”

The underlings spent the next year trying to figure out what that meant.

A sweeping draft policy was posted in September. Today, the company unveiled the finished product: an update to its rules on hateful conduct narrowly banning speech that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion. It is no longer kosher to call…

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Author: Casey Newton