Twitter introduces new option to report hate content targeting disabled people
Twitter has updated their reporting form. Now people can report content that targets people with disabilities.
Twitter was reluctant to introduce this option earlier due to lack of space. Now it has changed its rules. In a statement, Twitter said it is against their rules to attack an individual.
This change comes after Natalie Weaver, who is from the United States, came forward to report the use of her disabled daughter’s picture to promote eugenics.
Eugenics is is a set of beliefs and practices that aims at improving the genetic quality of the population.
Weaver’s daughter has Rett’s Syndrome, a genetic brain disorder. Twitter refused to take down the tweet, but later agreed after strong criticism from social networking sites.
Twitter has always ensured that they do not promote hate content or speech on their platform. Accounts of more than 20 famous people have been suspended or banned due to this.
Last September, Twitter said that they took down 2,29,000 accounts because they suspected that these accounts were linked with terrorism.