Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms are beginning to make more of an effort to enforce stricter rules about how their platforms handle stories and content.
This isn’t news, but Twitter and Facebook are beginning by cracking down on what it calls “hate speech.”
The companies have been rolling out new rules that will require companies to remove “harmful content,” including “harassment, discrimination, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or expression.”
The company says that content that doesn’t comply with the new rules will result in a “notice and takedown” takedown notice and a permanent block.
Facebook has been the first to enforce the new policy.
“We will take action against any content that is offensive, hateful, threatening, or incites violence or harassment, including content that encourages or condones violence or discrimination,” Facebook said in a blog post.
Twitter has been enforcing its own stricter rules, but it hasn’t gone so far as to remove content entirely.
The Facebook post said that Facebook’s guidelines will also apply to other popular social media sites like Tumblr, Google+, and YouTube.
Facebook’s policies are also being enforced on Twitter, which says that its policies will apply to “offensive, hateful content” as well.