Twitter begins enforcing new anti-abuse rules in effort to clean up act

New online and offline rules aim to protect those targeted by abuse, hate symbols, sexual advances and violent groups

Twitter is to begin enforcing its new anti-abuse rules in its efforts to counter perceptions that it is not doing enough to protect those targeted by abuse and hate speech on the social media site.

The new guidelines, leaked in October and announced in November, cover abuse, hate symbols, sexual advances and violent groups, and are part of Twitter’s two-year work to counteract inappropriate content and behaviour, according to chief executive Jack Dorsey. The social network has been roundly criticised for its handling of abuse.

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