Jack Dorsey: Twitter to get ‘extra aggressive’ policing tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says the social community is rolling out adjustments designed to enhance the way it displays content material and protects folks from on-line bullying and harassment.


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In response to a high-profile protest towards Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey stated the social community will up its recreation on the subject of monitoring content material and policing hateful and harassing tweets.

Dorsey took to Twitter on Friday night time to publish a string of tweets about “crucial” coverage selections he stated the corporate had made earlier Friday.

Twitter will take a “extra aggressive stance” relating to its guidelines involving “undesirable sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent teams and tweets that glorify violence,” Dorsey tweeted. He stated the adjustments would begin going into impact within the subsequent few weeks and that the corporate would offer extra particulars subsequent week.

Dorsey’s tweets got here the identical day as the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest. The occasion urged folks to forgo tweeting for a day to strain Twitter into bettering the way it vets content material.

The boycott was additionally designed to indicate solidarity with Rose McGowan, considered one of a number of individuals who’ve known as out movie producer Harvey Weinstein for alleged sexual harassment and assaults towards ladies. Twitter quickly froze McGowan’s account Thursday after she’d posted tweets about Weinstein. The corporate later stated one of many tweets contained a private cellphone quantity, violating Twitter’s phrases of service, and that it hadn’t meant to censor McGowan.

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“Twitter is proud to empower and assist the voices on our platform, particularly those who converse fact to energy,” the corporate stated in a tweet after it had restored McGowan’s account. “We stand with the courageous ladies and men who use Twitter to share their tales, and can work arduous each day to enhance our processes to guard these voices.”

In his string of tweets Friday night time, Dorsey continued that theme.

“We see voices being silenced on Twitter each day. We have been working to counteract this for the previous two years,” Dorsey tweeted. “At the moment we noticed voices silencing themselves and voices talking out as a result of we’re *nonetheless* not doing sufficient.”

Bullying conduct has been a blight on the social community for years. Some notably ugly episodes occurred final 12 months, together with a hate mob attacking Leslie Jones, a star of final summer season’s “Ghostbusters” film.

Robin Williams’ demise in 2015 led some Twitter customers to ship vicious messages to his daughter, prompting her to delete the app from her cellphone. That very same month, Anita Sarkeesian, an educational highlighting how ladies are portrayed in video video games, was so disturbed by the tweets she acquired that she fled her house, fearing for her security.

Twitter had no further remark Saturday on Dorsey’s string of tweets.

CNET’s Steven Musil contributed to this report.

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