Social media platform Twitter has expanded its policy banning hateful speech. 

The ban policy now includes ‘language that dehumanises people on the basis of race, ethnicity and national origin.’

Last year Twitter banned speeches that dehumanises other social media users based on their religion or caste.

In March, the popular social media platform updated the its rules to include age, disability and disease in the list of protected categories.

“You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease,” Twitter said in a statement.

It added; “We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.”

Under the latest regulations, Twitter will require its users to delete tweets containing dehumanising language targeting people based on their race, ethnicity or national origin.

Twitter said it would monitor tweets reported by users and use automation technology to detect potential violations, citing research linking dehumanizing language to violence offline.