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

Posted October 16, 2017

According to Dorsey, the new rules will focus on stopping unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence. Then came the temporary suspension of Rose McGowan from Twitter amidst her constant accusations of sexual abuse against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The movie mogul was sacked last Sunday by the company he co-founded amid accusations that he sexually harassed or sexually assaulted women. In a stream of tweets, he acknowledges some element of wrongdoing and notes the recent protests and boycotts of the social media platform."Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're *still* not doing enough". Stating that it was made Twitter's top priority in 2017, Jack said that the company has chose to take a more aggressive stance on "our rules and how we enforce them".

"We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day", he tweeted.

As part of those decisions, Dorsey said Twitter is taking a more aggressive stance in enforcing anti-harassment policies. To be clear, these changes have been in the works since 2016 or so he claims, and they will be going live over the next few weeks.

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Meanwhile, Dorsey also said that the Twitter team is also reconsidering its verification procedure- putting out a blue tick on verified accounts. He, however, said that it's not as high a priority as enforcing rules on trolls and people putting out abusive tweets, it's there on the company's guidelines. McGowan had posted a series of messages related to allegations that Mr Weinstein sexually assaulted numerous women and says she was among the victims.

Black women face oppression and abuse at the intersection of race and gender on a daily basis.

Women of color have been some of the biggest critics of the hashtag and boycott, questioning why they should join when similar issues of harassment against black and brown women on Twitter (including Jemele Hill and Leslie Jones) have gone largely unnoticed by their white peers.