We will do our best to keep you looped in on our progress.Following on my last post, which looked at the uses of Facebook for law firms, I thought I’d review the uses of Twitter in the law firm context.But the new rules show the company is open to expanding that to any group promoting violence.The company's new steps also show how Twitter, like Facebook and other digital-media platforms that host user-generated content, struggle with how much editorial oversight and human judgment to introduce.Non-consensual nudity*Our definition of “non-consensual nudity” is expanding to more broadly include content like upskirt imagery, “creep shots,” and hidden camera content.Given that people appearing in this content often do not know the material exists, we will not require a report from a target in order to remove it.*While we recognize there’s an entire genre of pornography dedicated to this type of content, it’s nearly impossible for us to distinguish when this content may/may not have been produced and distributed consensually.Others are the result of internal conversations that we had throughout last week.
It’s easy to use Twitter poorly, something millions of users demonstrate every day by updating their followers about what they’re doing, thinking or feeling at any given moment.
In early 2016 the company began altering its stance on free speech, forming a Trust and Safety Council made up of safety groups, advocates, and researchers to help it address the problem. Reports have outlined many instances of the company's failure to punish harassers; these shortcomings make Twitter's recent missteps all the more frustrating to critics.
Last week the company disabled features of actor Rose Mc Gowan's account at a crucial moment amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.
In a statement, Twitter said, "Although we planned on sharing these updates later this week, we hope our approach and upcoming changes, as well as our collaboration with the Trust and Safety Council, show how seriously we are rethinking our rules and how quickly we’re moving to update our policies and how we enforce them.”Here's the email in full: Dear Trust & Safety Council members, I’d like to follow up on Jack’s Friday night Tweetstorm about upcoming policy and enforcement changes.
Some of these have already been discussed with you via previous conversations about the Twitter Rules update.