Twitter simplifies its rules on safety, privacy and more

A Twitter logo is seen on a computer screen in this photo illustration in Warsaw, Poland on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In an effort to make it easier to understand the rules of its platform, Twitter announced today that it is simplifying the language around its policies.

The company said that it has gone from 2,500 to just 600 words and now describes each rule in 280 characters or less — the same character limit that is applied to tweets.

As part of the change, Twitter has reorganized its rules to create high-level categories that make it easier to find specific topics. Twitter’s policies can now be found under topics of safety, privacy and authenticity. Within those categories, Twitter has added new rules that relate to election integrity, platform manipulation and spam.

Twitter is also adding step-by-step instructions on how to report content that violates its rules and explanations on what happens when the company does decide to take action. It is also planning to add standalone help pages for each rule that will provide more detail and relevant resources.

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