Twitter on Thursday said it's expanding its rules against hateful conduct to include "language that dehumanizes on the basis of age, disability or disease." Tweets that go against the new rule will be removed from the site.
Any violating tweets sent before today will also need to be deleted if they're reported, but they won't "directly result in any account suspensions because they were Tweeted before the rule was in place," Twitter said.
Last year, Twitter updated its rules against hateful conduct to ban language that "dehumanizes" people because of their religion.
Change the Terms, a coalition of several civil rights groups tackling online hate, said Twitter needs to do more by expanding the policy to content that's dehumanizing on the basis of other factors like race and ethnicity.