Twitter steps up fight against abuse amid criticism

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey vowed last week to do more to combat online abuse, noting that the tech firm will be rolling out stricter rules including for violence and unwanted sexual advances.

The tech firm faced criticism after it temporarily blocked the account of actress Rose McGowan for tweeting a private phone number. Some women started boycotting Twitter and accused the tech firm of inconsistent enforcement of its online rules, an issue that Twitter said it’s working on as well.

On Tuesday, Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council received a glimpse of some of those upcoming changes.

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The tech firm plans to permanently suspend accounts that post nude images of a people without their consent especially if the user does so with the intent of harassment, according to an e-mail to the council obtained by Wired and other media outlets. Currently, users who post this content for the first time are asked to delete the tweet and their accounts are temporarily suspended.

Twitter is also planning to broaden the definition of “non-consensual nudity” to include “upskirt images” and “creep shots.”

It’s also cracking down on the glorification of violence, violent groups and unwanted sexual advances. Hate symbols and imagery will be considered sensitive media and handled in a manner similar to graphic violence and adult content.

“We realize that a more aggressive policy and enforcement approach will result in the removal of more content from our service. We are comfortable making this decision, assuming that we will only be removing abusive content that violates our Rules,” Twitter’s head of safety policy wrote in the e-mail.

Photo Credit: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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