February 9, 2016 8:00pm
For most people, Twitter is a place to exchange cat GIFs, celebrity news and breaking stories, but it’s not all fun and games. There is a portion of Twitter’s user-base that is prone to bullying, discrimination and hate speech, behaviour that Twitter has long been accused of failing to address.
Today, Twitter’s Global Policy Outreach group is implementing a new strategy to push back against the service’s more belligerent users. In a blog post, the company has announced the formation of the Twitter Trust & Safety Council. The council is a group of people and organizations who will work together to address the harassment and destructive behaviour that occurs daily on the social network.
The organizations will work with Twitter to develop new policies and programs to accomplish their joint goals. Included in the Council is over 40 organizations from 13 regions so far, including GLAAD, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Anti-Defamation League. Twitter’s aim in creating this group is to maintain and promote policies that include the free expression of ideas and the safety of Twitter users at the same time.