Twitter lets people around the world express diverse opinions, but it can also be a hellhole of harassment and abuse.
The company has repeatedly tried to solve this issue, with feeble results. Now, it has announced that it is forming the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, a panel of organizations and experts who will help the company develop tools and policies to get rid of abuse, bullying and harassment on the platform.
Currently, the council consists of some 40 global organizations and individuals, including the Anti-Defamation League, Childnet International, Thorn, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and Bravehearts (see the full list here).
"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," Patricia Cartes, head of Twitter's Global Policy Outreach, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. The newly assembled council, she claims, is a "foundational part of our strategy to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter." Read more...