Twitter to role out strict rules on hate speech, sexual harassment

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Interestingly, Rose McGowan's account suspension came days after she alleged that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her. The social media CEO Jack Dorsey revealed plans to take "a more aggressive stance" in the war against online trolls in a series of tweets.

Celebrities including Alyssa Milano, Chrissy Teigen, Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, Terry Crews, Joss Whedon and Michael Ian Black were among some of the high-profile Twitter users who joined the pledge on Friday. Facebook Inc, on the other hand, has 2 billion users. He went on to detail a number of new guidelines he and his team are working to put in place over the next few weeks to curb the spread of "hate symbols", "violent groups", and "unwanted sexual advances".

Apparently referring to the boycott, he said, "Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're *still* not doing enough".

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Twitter said last month that it set a different, more permissive standard for tweets that were "newsworthy", like Trump's, than for postings by everyday users. "We spoke when we had something to say".

Twitter routinely promises to fix it, and routinely has to promise to "be better" a few months later. "We've been working to counteract this for the past two years". Users have debated the company's decision not to suspend United States president Donald Trump after tweets that they argue violate the platform's terms of service. The US house intelligence committee is asking officials from Twitter, Facebook, and Google to testify publicly as part of its Russian Federation probe on November 1, the same day as a planned senate intelligence committee hearing on the topic.

Of course, those happen on almost all social media networks, but the bandwidth of hate speech on Twitter in particular is alarmingly huge, and the company simply hasn't implemented enough curbing measures to make sure the platform is clean of foul and very bad content.