Twitter appoints a new Trust and Safety Council.
Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) on Monday disbanded its Trust and Safety Council, a volunteer organisation formed in 2016 to advise the social media platform on site decisions, according to an email obtained by Reuters.
Since Elon Musk took over the company and implemented a cost-cutting campaign, some 3,700 employees, or about half of the social networking site’s personnel, have been let go.
Yoel Roth, the former director of trust and safety at the corporation, is one of the more than 1,000 people who have left.
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“As Twitter enters a new era, we are rethinking how to best incorporate outside perspectives into our work developing products and policies.” We have determined that the Trust and Safety Council is not the ideal framework to carry out this exercise. Reuters obtained a copy of an email that was addressed to the Trust and Safety Council members.
The group’s Twitter account was taken down.
According to a web archive for the page, the council was made up of numerous human rights organisations, academics, and other organisations that promoted safety and provided advice to Twitter as it evolved its products, services, and guidelines.
A request for comment from Reuters did not receive a response right away from Twitter.
The email from Twitter stated, “Our work to make Twitter a safe, educational space will be moving quicker and more aggressively than ever before, and we will continue to encourage your thoughts going forward about how to achieve this aim.”
The Washington Post previously reported that the email from Twitter arrived less than an hour before council members were scheduled to meet with business officials via Zoom.
Three Council members left last week, expressing their worry for Twitter users’ safety.
Contrary to Elon Musk’s statements, it is evident from data that Twitter users’ safety and wellbeing are declining, as council member Anne Collier had tweeted.
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Jack Dorsey, a former CEO of Twitter, called Musk’s claim that council members were “refusing to take action on child exploitation” on the microblogging website “wrong.” Musk had reacted.