Twitter sets up trust and safety council to curb abuse

Twitter has been constantly working towards making the platform safe for its users. Today, the micro blogging site has announced that is it setting up a Twitter Trust and Safety Council to “ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter”.

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The Twitter Trust and Safety Council comprises of over 40 organizations and experts from 13 regions who will offer active inputs on the company’s safety products, policies and programs. The experts and members will include safety advocates, academics, researchers, community organizations and grassroots advocacy groups. In addition, the council will include grassroots advocacy organizations that rely on Twitter to build movements. Community groups that need to prevent abuse, harassment, and bullying, as well as mental health and suicide prevention will also be a part of this council.

Patricia Cartes, Head of Global Policy Outreach, Twitter said in a blog post

With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power.

The members of the Twitter Trust and Safety Council includes Anti-Bullying ProCenter for Democracy and TechnologyDangerous Speech ProjectChildnet and many others. In December last year, Twitter strengthened rules to deal with abuse and hateful content. It has even updated policies to control online abuse and violent threats.

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+