Sunday, February 26, 2012

10 Topics That are Taboo on Twitter

open to debate. And if debate is your thing, then there are indeed some topics that, more so than others, will get sparks flying.

To establish the safest, and most agreeable environment in which to build social networks, sites such as Twitter will provide terms of service (TOS) for its members. Included in those terms are topics and content that are designated as taboo, or off limits. In addition to illegal and socially unacceptable topics, there are also issues that are peculiar to online communication that are best to avoid as well. The following is a list of 10 topics that are taboo on Twitter:

  1. Spam – Unwanted solicitations, with an evolving definition of what constitutes spam, based on certain factors which Twitter considers when addressing the issue.
  2. Pornography – Twitter TOS declares: “You may not use obscene or pornographic images in either your profile picture or user background”.
  3. Malware/Phishware – It is taboo to post, or link to, malicious content that is intended to damage or disrupt other members’ computers or browsers.
  4. Third Party Sites – Promoting websites that promise to help you get more followers on Twitter is a no-no.
  5. Racist Content – Although not expressly forbidden by the TOS, this is one of those areas where common sense and moral standards ought to make it unnecessary to spell out for you.
  6. Threats/Violence – On the other hand, you would think this one would go without saying also, but it is in fact listed in Twitter’s TOS.
  7. Copyright – When posting content that infringes upon any copyright, a user is in violation of Twitter TOS, as well as whatever copyright laws that may apply.
  8. Privacy – Posting private or confidential information, or any content that is intended to compromise the privacy of other members is prohibited by Twitter.
  9. Impersonation – Content that is intended to deceive or mislead others, by impersonating someone else, is against the rules.
  10. Illegal Activities – Any content that promotes, advertises or encourages illegal activities, or use of the Twitter service for unlawful purposes of any kind.
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