Twitter debuts anti-troll cybersafety committee

Twitter trolling committee

Twitter has long been a network that has allowed bigotry and other forms of hate speech to go unchecked. On Tuesday the social network announced a new committee that will handle “trolling” and abuse.

The new committee, named the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, intends to “strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power,” and enable Twitter’s users to “express themselves with confidence on Twitter,” wrote Patricia Cartes, Head of Global Policy Outreach, in a blog post.

The council includes reps from various groups that range from anti-defamation and cyber safety collectives to civil rights groups.

Twitter has recently promised to go after terrorists groups who have used the social network to arrange attacks and attract new members. The social network recently suspended 125,000 terrorist-related accounts.

Twitter also implemented safety policies last year, as part of its creation of the Twitter Safety Center, which also addresses issues with trolling.

The safety center’s actions include freezing trolls’ accounts and requiring a phone number before they can be reinstated.

The microblogging site’s new policies acknowledge former CEO Dick Costolo’s claim that, “We suck at handling trolls and abuse.”