Twitter is dismantling its Trust and Safety Council • The Register

comment Twitter has brought a match to its Trust and Safety Council, the group of 100 civil rights organizations formed in 2016 to address issues such as hate speech, child exploitation and suicide on the platform.

Though an advisory association, it’s just the latest in a series of sweeping cuts at Twitter under Elon Musk’s tenure as owner and CEO, including laying off half of the company’s 7,500 employees and accepting more than 1,200 resignations.

The group learned of their fate just moments before it was due to meet with company officials on Monday, in an email forwarded to The Associated Press, which said Twitter was “re-examining how best to bring in external intelligence.” can”, and the Council “not the best structure for it.”

“Our work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will progress faster and more aggressively than ever before, and we continue to welcome your ideas on how we can achieve that goal,” read the “Twitter” signed E -Mail.

Councilor Alex Holmes tweeted: “Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council was a group of volunteers who, over many years, gave up their time when consulted by Twitter employees for advice on a variety of online harm and safety issues. At no point was it a governing body or decision making.

“It is therefore disappointing that after a long postponement a meeting was canceled and an email sent informing the group that the council was being dissolved. Over the past week, the personal safety and well-being of several Council members have been compromised by the actions of Twitter employees.

“Many of us have been in this space for a number of years, each with different expertise but all with a passion to see healthy and diverse conversation and safety on platforms. The way this has unfolded and the way members have been treated is unfortunate and unacceptable.”

He is referring to utterances by Musk following the resignation last week of council members who claimed Twitter “has refused to take action against child exploitation for years!” This even prompted founder Jack Dorsey to do so enter: “This is wrong.”

But where Musk’s trolls, his legions of sycophants follow, and council members have faced persistent online attacks, prompting them to demand Twitter stop misrepresenting their work. Comments from the leadership put “current and former council members at risk,” the email said.

Remember Musk’s followers’ anger at a diver the Twitter boss dubbed “pedo dude” (without defaming him, a jury ruled) for trying to rescue children trapped in a cave system in Thailand were, and thought the CEO of SpaceX couldn’t help ?

Meanwhile, former Trust and Safety Director Yoel Roth was reportedly evicted from his home by harassment Musk tweeted: “Looks like Yoel is arguing in his doctoral thesis for children to be able to access adult internet services”, along with a selected paragraph from his academic work. Really the dissertation [PDF] That’s not the point, but when the second richest man in the world says it, who cares, right?

For that matter, if there’s another silver lining to the Twitter dumpster, the feel-good tech news story of 2022, it’s that Musk ranked second on the real-time billionaires list due to damage to his last publicly traded asset, Tesla slipped from Forbes. Bernard Arnault (and family) now sits at the helm. As CEO of LVMH, he owns a number of luxury goods companies including Christian Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Loewe, Loro Piana, Kenzo, Celine, Sephora, Princess Yachts, TAG Heuer, Bulgari and Tiffany & Co.

Meanwhile, supporters of Musk’s current internet personality are beginning to tweet QAnon and Pizzagate theories, making his company’s promise to “make Twitter a safe, informative place” ring hollow. And this guy was surprised that he was booed by thousands at a comedy performance on Sunday. ® Twitter is dismantling its Trust and Safety Council • The Register

Rick Schindler

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