Social media giant Twitter has been finding itself under constant criticism over harassment on its social platform but CEO Jack Dorsey believes that better enforcement might be the solution.
Dorsey recently tweeted a message revealing that his company is planning to employ strict rules to deal with harassment on the microblogging platform. His tweet suggested that better enforcement of the social media company’s anti-harassment policy might solve the problem. The tweet was seen as a response to last week’s #WomenBoycottTwitter protest which began after Twitter reportedly suspended Rose McGowan’s account after she made remarks on sexual violence against women. She used the social platform to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of harassment and sexual abuse.
The fact that Twitter temporarily suspended McGowan’s account while she was trying to advocate against sexual harassment led to an outrage and people called for a boycott of the social platform. However, Twitter defended itself saying that the actress’ account was temporarily suspended because she tweeted a personal number and this goes against the company’s policy.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s policies have constantly been the subject of criticism and it is clear that people are displeased. The social media firm wants to take significant action once and for all as Dorsey revealed in his tweets.
“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,” Dorsey stated in his tweet.
The Twitter CEO further pointed out that the company is taking a more aggressive stance in its policies and the same aggressiveness will also be carried over into the enforcement of those policies. The new rules will focus on discouraging non-consensual nudity, unwanted sexual advances, violent groups, hate symbols and tweets that promote or encourage violence. These changes will be implemented over the next few weeks. This looks like yet another claim that the company is working on solving the issues plaguing its microblogging platform and there have been many such claims in the past yet the problems have been persistent. It remains to be seen whether this time Twitter will actually deliver.