If memory serves us right remembering Twitter in the beginning, the abuse on the platform is dated back then and escalating especially in the recent times. This from on set has been responsible for driving away key members of the tech community like Kathy Sierra who left an impressive essay considered a seminal point in the growth of hateful speech as pusher of culture and politics online when she left the social media platform.
Recently women of colour have become increasingly high value targets for Twiiter trolls with the like of Leslie Jones leaving briefly after harassment and private images were hurled at her in a veritable digital stoning. Although Twitter has a number of times talked tough on abuse and failed with a well documented piece by Charlie Warzel, hope is in place that if Twitter makes use of the tools it has already in place to mitigate hate speech in countries where by the law it is forbidden and new attitudes about what constitutes abuse to actually make some progress this time.
The Chief Executive Officer of Twitter Jack Dorsey went on his created platform to promise and reassure a more aggressive stance through new rules to ensure a drop down of hate and violence across the social media platform Twitter. This action was necessitated by the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest.
Jack Dorsey emphasizes that critical decisions are being made to prevent the rampant and vicious harassments women, minorities, and other users undergo daily on the social media platform. “We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them,” Dorsey says. “New rules around: unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence. These changes will start rolling out in the next few weeks. More to share next week.”
Quoting Mr. Jack Dorsey on Twitter ” We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years. We prioritized this in 2016. We updated our policies and increased the size of our teams. It wasn’t enough. In 2017 we made it our top priority and made a lot of progress. Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we’re *still* not doing enough. We’ve been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions. We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them. New rules around: unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups and tweets that glorifies violence. These changes will start rolling out in the next few weeks. More to share next week.”