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Today, Twitter has announced a Trust and Safety Council, in order to deal with bullying and harassment on its platform. The purpose of the council will be to advise Twitter as the company develops new policies and products. The council will be composed of over 40 organizations from around the world at the start, and possibly more organizations will be added later. In Twitter’s own words, the council includes:

  • Safety advocates, academics, and researchers focused on minors, media literacy, digital citizenship, and efforts around greater compassion and empathy on the Internet;
  • Grassroots advocacy organizations that rely on Twitter to build movements and momentum;
  • Community groups with an acute need to prevent abuse, harassment, and bullying, as well as mental health and suicide prevention.

The organizations are from around the world, including North and South America, Europe and Asia. The list of organizations includes some big names many will already be familiar with such as The Anti-Defamation League. There are also various anti-bullying and anti-domestic violence groups on the council. Perhaps of most interest to readers of this site is the inclusion of Feminist Frequency. Feminist Frequency produces short videos criticizing video games, often accused of containing some factually incorrect information about the games being discussed. It’s unclear how critiquing video games qualifies the organization to advise Twitter on combating harassment.

Twitter argues that this council is necessary, “To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter.” The post also mentions that the high volume of tweets, which number in the millions each day, makes it very difficult to deal with harassment on the platform, and new policies must be developed to deal with it. The announcement also states that in addition to the council of experts, ordinary users have their own part to play in making the platform safer, although the post does not elaborate on what that role is.

Is Twitter’s trust and safety council going to make the platform better? Leave your comments below.

Max Michael

Senior Writer

I’m a technology reporter located near the Innovation District of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

  • Clairity

    Who’s willing to bet the Trust and Safety council will foster neither trust nor safety?

  • Blank Generation

    >Twitter argues that this council is necessary, “To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter.”

    Glory to the ministry of truth! We have always been at war with eastasia.

  • Cy

    Does anyone even need to point out how this is just gonna be used to promote “social justice” and punish people who have opinions Jack Dorsey doesn’t like? No? Good. Instead let’s talk about how long it’ll take for Twitter’s stock price to drop into the single digits. I’m gonna say by the end of April.

  • And Anita Sarkeesian is part of it. #RIPTwitter

  • mrwizeass

    And I’m gonna bet that this arbitrary council will only clamp down more on user’s speech, sending Twitter’s stock further into a freefall.
    I’m not even mad. At this point, I’m just watching Rome burn.

  • DrearierSpider

    Shouldv’e been called the Safe Space Brigade instead.

  • Galbador

    Trust and safety… for all SJWs and feminists? I have the feeling that this will end nasty. Very nasty and companies like Twitter and co will lose not only their faces, but also their customers.

    As someone on the internet onces said: “SJWs and feminists are not only destroying the internet, but also social life.”

    The war between male and female has started and there are even males, who will voluntarily sacrifice themselves for their feminist overlords.

  • Zepherdog

    Shit’s straight out of 1984.

  • Zepherdog

    Makes me glad I never got around to hop into the twatter shitwagon.

  • Zepherdog

    Thank god almost 80% of women are like based mom, Karen Straughan and Sh0eon head, who are against such bullshit.

  • Galbador

    While this is a good thing, the small percentage is able to manipulate the rest of the world with their crocodile tears and twisted lies. And from hour to hour, it gets worse. Female abuse denyal, false accusation and manipulation; they try to twist their world like the want it.

    I am glad, that actually woman like Karen are fighting back against the tyranny of Feminism.

  • webkilla

    Feminist Frequency is on the council. Nuff said.

  • BurntToShreds

    This whole thing reeks of desperation. Like a college student quuckly slapping together a research paper at the last minute, I imagine Jack was looking at the stock price ticking lower and lower as he was assembling this team. And just like that college student, he put any thoughts of proper research away in the back of his head. This “Trust and Safety” garbage is the worst thing he could have done and it shows; Twitter’s stock has actually gone down over the course of the day.

  • Robert Grosso

    This is very Orwellian…

  • Julie Shaw

    Four legs good
    Two legs bad…

  • Grey

    The Trust and Safety Council makes me glad I barely used my Twitter account anymore. Feminist Frequency being on the list is baffling, but not the only group that raises red flags for me.

    Given Twitters already highly suspect and inconsistent enforcement of it’s already existing anti-harassment measures, it’s difficult to picture this doing anything to combat actual harassment on the medium. It will only serve to drive even more of it’s user base away.

  • SevTheBear

    Protect them feelings!
    Well if you want to kill twitter even more I guess this is one way to do it.

    So will they kick ISIS accounts off Twitter now or is that racist?

  • GrimFate

    I post on Twitter maybe once every 2 months. Maybe it’s time to just close my account.

  • GrimFate

    Just deactivated my Twitter account. Deactivation page had a link that was supposedly so you could tell them why you’re closing your account, but it just takes you to a form to appeal a locked or suspended account… Damn. Was hoping to give them a piece of my mind.

  • webkilla

    well, its too early to tell who’ll be the ones with actual power on this council.

    but yes – this is sure to result in all kinds of abuse of power

  • webkilla

    Glory to the ministry of feminism! We have always been at war with 4chan!

  • Richard Lacy

    Safety? How many people have died through Twitter?

  • Aeloth

    Your time is worth more than their company ever will. It’s good you didn’t waste it.

  • Zepherdog

    We never were at war with 4chan, we’re at war with 8chan.

  • Zepherdog

    If trends are anything to go by, people are opening their eyes to the bullshit and disregarding or outright fighting against feminist bullshit. Twitter itself is in the gutter at the moment and it doesn’t seem like it will get out.

    Hopefully this bunch of bullshit will stop being relevant in a couple years or so.

  • Zepherdog

    All the people ISIS has killed since they are allowed to use the service just fine, for starters.

  • Zepherdog

    Definitely racist, islamophobic and overall bigoted, probably misoginistic too if they can get away with it.

  • webkilla

    I thought it was plebbit

  • Zepherdog

    We never were at war with 8chan, we are at war with plebbit.

  • webkilla

    We were never at war with plebbit, we are at war with *Cue Annoying Dog theme from Undertale*

    Aww hell…

  • kasey307

    Wtf does the council even do? Twitter is really going awry..

  • Galbador

    I hope so, too. Feminism is not helping but making it worse for both genders.

  • darksparda4

    #RIP Twitter

  • Blank Generation

    Who the Hell still uses 4chan?

  • webkilla

    All kinds of people… it still nets millions of visits – users who didn’t care about all the exodus drama. Not all the boards were equally hit in those battles. Plus these days it attracts lol-edgy newfags who come in from 9gag or after having seen articles on KnowYourMeme and IcanHazCheeseBurger

  • Blank Generation

    I just can’t imagine it. Not only is the place just another gutless web 2.0 abortion now, it feels like it’s about six months away from getting facebook integrated so you can upload your limetexts to your twitterfeed for likes.

  • Johnathon Tieman

    I dumped mine during #RIPTwitter. Given that it is now obvious the CEO was lying about timeline changes, I’m now doubly glad I did. I wonder if Twitter will even last the year…

  • GrimFate

    Oh yeah, I read about the timeline change today. Wtf?

  • Erthwjim

    Cronyism anyone?

  • James

    All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.

  • bob

    It blows my mind after all these years people still take Anita seriously. How retarded can they be? It no supersize Twitter will quickly become obsolete. She just going to be more of a laughing stock then she already is.

  • Donwel

    I HAD an account. Just deleted it, or rather “deactivated” it, apparently it takes 30 days for them to get off their arses and delete someones account if they’re not swinging the banhammer.