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Twitter CEO Promises 'Aggressive' New Rules To Protect Users Following #WomenBoycottTwitter

17 October 2017, 12:58 | Ruben Stone

After boycott, Twitter pledges to introduce new anti-abuse rules

Twitter to Roll Out New Safety Rules After Rose McGowan-Sparked Protest

We asked Twitter for more details on what this all means.

Twitter says that McGowan's account was suspended because she posted a private phone number, which is against the platform's terms of use. 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.

"We chose to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them", chief executive officer Jack Dorsey said in a tweet.

In the backdrop of protest, #WomenBoycottTwitter, sparked by actor Rose McGowan, Twitter has made a decision to roll out new safety rules in the "next few weeks". In order to curb the unwanted behaviour, Dorsey has promised to develop a more "transparent" platform to "build trust" among the users. "We've been working to counteract this for the past 2 years", he wrote in the first tweet of his series. "New Rules: unwanted social advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbol, violent groups and tweets that glorify violence".

Twitter had earlier suspended actress Rose McGowan's account prompting some users to boycott the social media giant.

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McGowab's account was shut down following her comments about the Harvey Weinstein controversy. In a scathing thread, she alleged that he raped her in 1997 and accused a number of media bosses of being complicit.

He tweeted, "We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day". In solidarity with the actress and for all those women who were victims of harassment and oppression, the Twitterati have started the protest via the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.

Dorsey said that Twitter will get to changing its verification process "as soon as we can" but are bound by "limited resources" that requires them to "strictly prioritize".

The Twitter statement on the ban: "We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan's team". However, he also said that it's not as high a priority as enforcing rules on trolls and people putting out abusive tweets. Bloomberg LP is developing a global breaking news network for the Twitter service.

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