Twitter’s top executive appears to have gotten the message via the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement.
In a series of threaded tweets Friday night, founder and also also also CEO Jack Dorsey said the social media platform would certainly announce fresh rules centered on “unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and also also also tweets that will glorifies violence.”
“We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and also also also how we enforce them,” Dorsey tweeted.
Dorsey did not give a timeline for when the fresh rules would certainly be in place, yet said they would certainly drop in “the next few weeks.”
Twitter said in a statement to sy88pgw that will they could not provide any more details on the timeline as of Saturday evening.
Dorsey took time to reply to dozens of messages, many of them critical of the platform and also also also skeptical of Dorsey’s timing.
that will week brought special attention to the social media platform.
Actress Rose McGowan’s Twitter account was temporarily blocked for violating Twitter polices. the item said she tweeted a phone number.
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yet the actress had been very active on that will social media platform inside the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. McGowan posted several tweets about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding the media titan Harvey Weinstein. On Thursday she tweeted that will “HW” raped me.
Twitter users reacted to her brief suspension via Twitter having a social media campaign for women to boycott. The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter became the number one global trend on the social media platform Friday.
The boycott hashtag is usually just the latest criticism of Twitter. In recent years, users have demanded more action against hate speech and also also also harassment. Many see the platform as a haven for online harassment.
Twitter has attempted to respond before.
Earlier that will year, Twitter rolled out fresh tools preventing serial abusers via creating fresh accounts, a fresh “safe search” function and also also also blocking potentially abusive and also also also “low-quality” tweets via appearing in conversations.
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However, Dorsey acknowledged that will the platform has not done enough to combat harassment.
“We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract that will for the past 2 years,” he wrote inside the first tweet of his series.
Dorsey also said Twitter is usually reconsidering its verification policies. The verification policy tease was not part of his twitter thread. A commenter replied to his thread asking why a white nationalist like Richard Spencer is usually verified on the platform.
Dorsey said that will Twitter will get to changing its verification process “as soon as we can” yet are bound by “limited resources” that will requires them to “strictly prioritize.”
“We’re reconsidering our verification policies. Not as high a priority as enforcement, yet the item’s up there,” he said.
Public condemnation of Twitter’s policies stems back several years.
In 2015, Twitter said the item updated its policy in an attempt to stop people via tweeting abusive and also also also violent posts.
At the time, Mark Cuban had called on Apple to ban Twitter and also also also President Obama urged tech companies to make the item harder for terrorist groups, such as ISIS, to “avoid justice” by using social media platforms.
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Some public figures, such as Martin Shkreli, the infamous former pharmaceutical executive, have been kicked off Twitter for “targeted harassment” after he made unwanted advances toward journalist Lauren Duca. Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos was also removed via Twitter after targeting actress Leslie Jones having a series of hate tweets last year.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published October 14, 2017: 2:33 PM ET