Twitter Creates Abuse Coalition

Twitter_logo_png-5Social media’s third biggest name is taking online safety very seriously. Twitter has recently formed the Trust & Safety Council, comprised of more than 40 groups including advocacy organizations, researchers and safety experts who will help shape the company’s products and policies in an attempt to prevent abuse and attract more users.

“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 the truth,” said Patricia Cartes, Twitter’s head of global policy outreach, in the announcement blog post.

Twitter has a history of caring about user safety and preventing abuse. In 2014 it introduced a new series of tools making it easier to block abusive accounts. In December, Twitter updated its privacy policy, adding more regulations to what constitutes as “hateful conduct.”

CEO Jack Dorset tweeted on Tuesday that “Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power and empowering dialogue.”

Groups participating in the Trust & Safety Council include Anti-Bullying Pro, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Family Online Safety Institute, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

*Source: USA Today