Oct 18, 2017

Twitter pledges tougher action against abuse

Twitter is planning to impose new restrictions on pornographic and hateful imagery as part of a renewed effort to tackle abuse on its social network. Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, had said on Friday that he planned to announce a "More aggressive stance" against online abuse this week, after Twitter was criticised for temporarily blocking the account of Rose McGowan - an actress who had accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. The UK government had also recently urged social-media leaders to do more to tackle the problem, and suggested Twitter and others would have to pay a levy to fund anti-abuse campaigns in the future. Twitter has confirmed that Wired's report is accurate. The email says Twitter will be "Investing heavily" in shortening the time it takes to handle complaints, but is not specific about what its new targets will be.

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