Twitter Now Has A Timeline And Calendar To Shut Down Trolls And Bullies

| October 20 , 2017 , 15:08 IST

Twitter has been in the midst of the storm for their not so encouraging steps at countering online harassment, violence and hatred. Last week Twitterati got enraged when the microblogging site partially suspended the Twitter account of Rose McGowan amidst her allegations of sexual abuse against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In protest, and out of solidarity with McGowan, women and large numbers of men as well, launched a day-long boycott of Twitter which led to #WomenBoycottTwitter becoming the number one trend globally.

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Twitter for the first time gave a public explanation for the suspension and said her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates Twitter’s Terms of Service. However after the protest raged, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, in a series of tweets announced that Twitter is working towards implementing new rules against unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence. He also stated that these changes will start rolling out in a week.

Yesterday Twitter in its blog post announced a calendar of the upcoming changes to the Twitter Rules, how Twitter would communicate with violators and their enforcement processes.

Twitter accepted the charge that it has till now fallen short in its efforts towards safety and transparency. The blog reads:

Far too often in the past, we’ve said we’d do better and promised transparency but have fallen short in our efforts. Starting today, you can expect regular, real-time updates on our progress. Sometimes, this may be an insight into the difficult questions we’re asking ourselves, even before we have the answers. This is the first time we’ve shared this level of visibility into our work, and we hope it helps build trust along the way.

The 'Safety Calendar' released by Twitter on Thursday lists some new rules that the company hopes will make the platform a safer place for users, alongside dates for when it plans to roll them out.

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In November, Twitter will start notifying suspended users over email and will suspend accounts of groups or organisations that use violence as a means to advance their cause. The company also plans to update its media policy to include "hateful imagery and hate symbols". This means that DPs and headers with hateful imagery and symbols or tweets that contain the same will be filtered. Twitter will also stop people from signing up with hateful display names starting November 22.

Read the full blog here.