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Twitter taps external experts to foster freedom of expression

Twitter taps external experts to foster freedom of expression
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Social media network, Twitter says it is putting together a council of outside experts and organizations to battle abusive behavior and act of intimidation by some users.

More than 40 organizations and experts from 13 regions are joining as inaugural members of Twitter’s freshly-created Trust and Safety Council.

“With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power,” Patricia Cartes, Twitter’s head of global policy outreach says in a post on the company’s official blog.

“It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million users has a part to play, as do the community of experts working for safety and free expression.”

According to Cartes, more than 40 organizations and experts from 13 regions are joining as inaugural members of Twitter’s freshly-created Trust and Safety Council.

Included in the list of members are: The Anti-Defamation League; Center for Democracy and Technology; EU Kids Online, and Feminine Frequency, Circle of 6, anti-Bullying Pro among others.

“We are taking a global and inclusive approach so that we can hear a diversity of voices,” Cartes adds.

Twitter announced the new council on Safer Internet Day, and the heightened focus on preventing bullying, harassment and other abuses came as the company aims to promote use of its platform.

“We are thrilled to work with these organizations to ensure that we are enabling everyone, everywhere to express themselves with confidence on Twitter,” Concluded Cartes.

Just last week,Twitter announced that it had suspended more than 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, as part of increased efforts to eradicate “terrorist content” on the global messaging platform

The accounts closed since mid-2015 were targeted “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts,” said Twitter, which is under pressure from governments to act but is also keen not to be seen as effectively censoring free speech.

 

 

 

 

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