Twitter CEO responds to women's protests, new rules expected soon

17 October, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Jack Dorsey co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter has struggled to deal with rampant abuse on the service

Twitter has promised to do more to combat sexual harassment, hateful symbols and violent groups. The movie mogul was sacked last Sunday by the company he co-founded amid accusations that he sexually harassed or sexually assaulted women.

"Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're *still* not doing enough", he tweeted.

The CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has laid out plans to introduce a set of "aggressive" new rules to protect users on the social media platform.

Many of her supporters said that her comments did not warrant the action the site took and pointed out that US President Donald Trump is allowed to continue bashing people on the same platform.

However, what leeway the social network appeared to be making with targeted users and critics was all but stripped from the company on Wednesday, when Twitter restricted Rose McGowan's access to her account for 12 hours after she tweeted out a private phone number, subsequently violating the company's terms of service.

Dorsey also said Twitter is reconsidering its verification policies. Other users agreed with the reason but argued that staying silent for a day wasn't the right way to work toward change, prompting additional hashtags like #AmplifyWomen and #WomenSpeakOut. The company said it will "be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future". "Not as high a priority as enforcement, but it's up there", he said. The US house intelligence committee is asking officials from Twitter, Facebook, and Google to testify publicly as part of its Russian Federation probe on November 1, the same day as a planned senate intelligence committee hearing on the topic.

Twitter's approach to policing content has been under more intense scrutiny in recent months. Users have debated the company's decision not to suspend United States president Donald Trump after tweets that they argue violate the platform's terms of service.

Twitter has had an abuse problem for years, especially for female and minority users.



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