Twitter promises to get "more aggressive" in tackling online harassment

Posted October 16, 2017

His announcement, explained in a string of tweets on his personal account, called for new rules about 'unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence'. There's sexual harassment, unsolicited pornographic images, propaganda-fueled tweets, abuse, and more - not to mention sexism, homophobia, racism, and other forms of hate speech that are rampant on the site.

". Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're *still* not doing enough", he continued.

Exactly how many users participated in the boycott remains uncertain, but it became a trending topic earlier this week, and now - Twitter has taken notice.

Responding to high-profile #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that the company was now changing its policies around how it vets content. Dorsey said "We made a decision to take a more aggressive stance on our rules and how we enforce them".

Dorsey tweeted that "we see voices being silenced on Twitter every day".

The company's swift response is a culmination of years of critique that it doesn't do enough to protect users from targeted harassment, including racism, hateful language, and doxxing.

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In 2017, he declared - without specifics - that "we made it our top priority and made a lot of progress".

Earlier this week, Twitter made the bad decision to suspend actress Rose McGowan after she spoke out against serial sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein and told Ben Affleck to "fuck off" for enabling him. We updated our policies and increased the size of our teams.

In light of all this, the sudden suspension of McGowan's account looked especially arbitrary.

Filmmaker Ava added her voice to the campaign, and highlighted the abuse women of color have reported to Twitter staff.

In a statement defending their actions in suspending Rose's account, Twitter bosses wrote that they would improve their processes for dealing with abuse.