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Twitter Launched A Trust and Safety Council To help Its Users Feel Safe


Twitter has often been in news for abusive, harassing and trolling content being easily propagated on the platform. Time and again we have seen various celebrities controversies making into the front pages of various tabloids because of something that stemmed on Twitter.

And, now it seems, the 140 characters social networking site has taken a stock of this situation and decided to do something about it.

In order to deal with the grave situation of safety and security of its users on the platform, has constituted a Twitter Trust & Safety Council, which is a panel of representatives from 40 diverse organizations around the world. The council has been bestowed upon the duty to provide active input on Twitter's safety products, programs and policies.

The safety situation on Twitter had become such a debating matter in the recent times that Dick Costolo, Twitter's CEO at the time, had himself given a statement saying, “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years.”

The 40 organizations in the platform's Twitter Trust & Safety Council are from a range of different sectors, such as Feminist Frequency, Childnet and the Dangerous Speech Project. The council members will meet and provide feedback on the platform's products and suggest improvements and ideas for the same.

What future plans does Twitter have in store for the council is still unclear but an official statement by the company on Twitter reads, “Twitter empowers every voice to shape the world, but you can’t do that unless you feel safe and confident enough to express yourself freely and connect with the world around you.”

With the Trust & Safety Council in place, one can expect a regular and consistent action to curb harassment on the platform. Whether Twitter is able to maintain its status of being a platform where anyone, anywhere can express themselves safely and confidently remains to be seen.

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