Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says ‘new rules’ coming to combat harassment as women stage protest

Twitter is on the cusp of introducing “new rules” cracking down on sexual harassment, violence-related content and hate symbols, the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced late Friday after conceding that not enough has been done to help those who are “being silenced.”

Dorsey’s eight-tweet explainer late Friday came as Twitter users banded together for a 24-hour boycott after the platform temporarily suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account after she tweeted about sexual violence against women in connection to the sexual assault scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

“We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years,” Dorsey said. But Twitter’s efforts during the 2016 campaign to combat misinformation and bots “wasn’t enough,” he added.

While 2017 has seen progress, Dorsey continued, “[t]oday we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we’re *still* not doing enough.”

McGowan, who is one of the women named in the bombshell New York Times report which that blew the Weinstein story wide open earlier this month, was temporarily barred from Twitter last week after she tweeted about the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against the Hollywood producer.

Amid the ensuing backlash, Twitter explained that it did so because one of her tweets included a private number, which the company said was a breach of its “Terms of Service.”

“We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future,” the company pledged Thursday. “Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”

The explanation wasn’t good enough for some, and critics condemned the platform for taking disciplinary action on a selective basis. One user pointed out that President Trump wasn’t suspended after he tweeted Sen. Lindsay Graham’s cellphone number during the 2016 campaign.

On Friday, women rallied for a 24-hour #WomenBoycottTwitter demonstration.

“We’ve been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions,” Dorsey said. “We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them.”

Details on a potential solution, he added, will come next week.

“New rules around: unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence,” Dorsey said. “These changes will start rolling out in the next few weeks. More to share next week.”

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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