Twitter CEO responds to women's protests, new rules expected soon

Jay Jacobs
October 16, 2017

"We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day".

Critics have also accused Twitter of setting a double standard that has allowed President Trump - whose communications with the outside world often consist largely of early-morning tweets - to use violent language that would not be permitted for others, such as his threat to destroy North Korea. He said the new rules will be announced next week, with the changes taking effect soon after. He went on to detail a number of new guidelines he and his team are working to put in place over the next few weeks to curb the spread of "hate symbols", "violent groups", and "unwanted sexual advances".

After Rose McGowan weighed in on Harvey Weinstein, and began to call out other powerful men in Hollywood, Twitter suspended her account - an act that felt a lot like silencing a victim.

Which brings us back to Friday's tweetstorm.

On October 13, Twitter found itself in the middle of a social media storm after a number of Twitter users boycotted the platform for 24 hours.

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Twitter has been criticized for its somewhat ambiguous policies over the years over what is free speech and what is abusive. Its existing rules bar users from inciting the abuse of others, promoting violence and publishing other people's private and confidential information. She has become an outspoken detractor of Weinstein, the center of numerous allegations of rape, sexual harassment, and decades-long records of sexual abuse.

In a series of tweets, Dorsey mentioned that Twitter has been working to counteract its abuse problem for two years now, and that during the boycott, he saw many voices who were silencing themselves because the site "is *still* not doing enough".

"We've been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions", he tweeted. We prioritized this in 2016.

Dorsey, now in his second stint as chief executive - he was sacked in a management dispute nine years ago, then returned to power in 2015 - insisted Friday that Twitter was striving for the proper balance between free expression and license to abuse.

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