In recent months, both Facebook and Twitter have come under heavy criticisms for their role in spreading fake news. However, Twitter has additional problems as the microblogging platform is notorious for containing a large number of internet trolls. Since the beginning of the platform, the company has struggled to deal with the problem as it had to continue its practice of promoting free speech in addition to ensuring a safe environment for users.
Following the latest boycott, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey revealed on Twitter that the company will introduce several changes in the coming days. He said that upcoming changes will deal with “unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence.”
Jack Dorsey revealed the full details to TechCrunch as he said, “We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years. We prioritized this in 2016. We updated our policies and increased the size of our teams. It wasn’t enough. In 2017 we made it our top priority and made a lot of progress. Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we’re *still* not doing enough.”
“We’ve been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions. We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them. New rules around: unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence. These changes will start rolling out in the next few weeks. More to share next week.”
The latest comments come as a number of users of Twitter took a day off from the platform by saying that Twitter isn’t doing enough to protect women from harassment on the platform. As for now, we will have to wait to find out how the company brings changes to the platform to fix the issue.
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