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Twitter appears to be disbanding its trust and safety council

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  • Twitter appeared to dissolve its trust and safety advice in an abrupt email on Monday.
  • The group was made up of several people and organizations that advocated safety at the site.
  • The move comes amid a recently reported increase in hate speech on the site.

Twitter has dissolved its trust and safety board in the latest development in Elon Musk’s ongoing and turbulent takeover.

On Monday, the company sent a note to the remaining board members announcing the group’s disbandment, with the subject line “Thank you,” according to The Washington Post.

In a copy of the email obtained by tech reporter Avi Asher-Schapiro, the company said it was “reassessing” how best to bring outside information about its products and policy work as Twitter enters “a new phase.” As part of this process, the company said it decided the Trust and Safety Council was “not the best structure to do this”.

The council, which was formed in 2016, was made up of several dozen independent individuals and organizations, including civil rights leaders and academics who helped “advocate for safety” at the site. Many of the people involved were volunteers.

On Monday evening, Twitter seemed to have removed council web page on its website. Neither Musk nor Twitter immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.

The email announcing the end of the board came less than an hour before the band members were to meet with senior Twitter executives via Zoom about recent events at the company, people familiar with them told The Post. folder.

“Our work to make Twitter a safe and informative place will move faster and more aggressively than ever and we will continue to welcome your ideas on how to achieve this goal,” the email reads.

Last month, Musk appeared to backtrack after previously suggesting the creation of a content moderation board for the site.

Monday’s disbandment comes just three days after three members of the Trust and Safety Council publicly resigned, citing a decline in the ‘safety and well-being’ of Twitter users in less than two months since Musk took over. .

Research by two watchdogs, the Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League, recently reported a sharp increase in hate speech, including racist and homophobic slurs, as well as anti-Semitic posts on the site.



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