Changes on the Twitter Front

On Tuesday, Twitter has announced that a panel will be formed in order to advise on speech, specifically the abuse of free speech over its platform.

This new panel will be formed by a Trust & Safety Council, which consists of over 40 members and will develop new strategies to combat abusive language over the Twittersphere.

Patricia Cartes, head of global policy outreach, stated, "As we develop products, policies, and programs, our Trust and Safety Council will help us tap into expertise and input of organizations at the intersection of these issues more efficiently and quickly."

According to TechNewsWorld, the goal of the Trust & Safety Council is threefold:

  • Safety advocates, scholars, and researchers focused on children, media literacy, digital citizenship and efforts that promote greater compassion and empathy on the Internet;
  • Grassroots advocacy groups that use Twitter to build movements and momentum; and
  • Community organizations that work to prevent abuse, harassment and bullying, as well as those involved in mental health and suicide prevention.
This announcement comes off the heels of a report earlier this week claiming that Twitter has a change to their timeline algorithm.  While this caused a stir among users, CEO Jack Dorsey attempted to calm the uproar over this possible change.


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