Twitter CEO Promises 'Aggressive' New Rules To Protect Users Following #WomenBoycottTwitter

Camille Rivera
October 16, 2017

Between the platform's seemingly cavalier attitude towards the proliferation of bots to serve government propaganda, wide-spread harassment of minorities and women, and validation of neo-nazi mouthpieces through the "verification" process, many users are finding the platform to be an uncomfortable place.In response to all this controversy, Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey came out to propose some changes to Twiter's userbase.

The website is planning to roll out a number of new rules to monitor the hateful and harassing tweets on the platform.

The new rules heading towards Twitter focus on "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence" according to Dorsey. McGowan has subsequently had the suspension on her account lifted. This sparked anger amongst its community who saw it as Twitter acting against McGowan, having faced many claims of ignoring the plight of users in the past.

Earlier Friday, the company, which has 310 million users each month, was hit with a campaign under the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter. "We spoke when we had something to say". He, however, said that it's not as high a priority as enforcing rules on trolls and people putting out abusive tweets, it's there on the company's guidelines.

Twitter routinely promises to fix it, and routinely has to promise to "be better" a few months later. "We've been working to counteract this for the past 2 years", Dorsey tweeted. Users have debated the company's decision not to suspend U.S. president Donald Trump after tweets that they argue violate the platform's terms of service.

"We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day", he tweeted.

Of course, those happen on almost all social media networks, but the bandwidth of hate speech on Twitter in particular is alarmingly huge, and the company simply hasn't implemented enough curbing measures to make sure the platform is clean of foul and terrible content.

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