Site to get 'more aggressive' policing tweets — Twitter's Dorsey

Peter Castro
October 16, 2017

He said the new rules will be announced next week, with the changes taking effect soon after.

"Twitter will take a "more aggressive stance" regarding its rules involving 'unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups and tweets that glorify violence", Dorsey tweeted.

Twitter was hit Friday with an online boycott, using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, after actress Rose McGowan's account was suspended temporarily for posting another person's phone number. In the case of McGowan, her Twitter account was suspended after she accused film producer Harvey Weinstein - which in turn caused a lot of outrage on the microblogging service.

Some others have taken Twitter's shortcomings into their own hands.

Amid a Twitter boycott, advocates are aiming to amplify women of colour with #WOCAffirmation. The platform has also been warned that in silencing any sexual assault victim, others may be discouraged from reporting their experiences.

"We stand with the courageous women and men who use Twitter to share their stories and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", said Twitter. "We spoke when we had something to say".

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He wrote, "We've been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions".

Mr Dorsey said Twitter was reconsidering its verification policies as well. He, however, said that it's not as high a priority as enforcing rules on trolls and people putting out abusive tweets, it's there on the company's guidelines.

Twitter's approach to policing content has been under more intense scrutiny in recent months. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.

The platform is also being questioned over the role it played in Russia's efforts to meddle in the USA presidential election a year ago. They need to see we matter.

Of course, those happen on almost all social media networks, but the bandwidth of hate speech on Twitter in particular is alarmingly huge, and the company simply hasn't implemented enough curbing measures to make sure the platform is clean of foul and terrible content.

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