TechCrunch: Twitter posts a new version of its rules with updated sections on abuse, spam, violence and more. “Twitter today published a new version of its rules, in an effort to further clarify its policies about abuse, spam, self-harm and other topics, as well as to better explain how it determines the appropriate action – like suspending an abuser’s account, for example. The company says the updated documentation doesn’t represent changes to the ‘fundamentals’ of its policies; it instead aims to explain the rules in more detail, and include examples.”
CNET: Twitter now has a timeline to go after bullies and trolls. “To tackle abusive behavior, Twitter has put a specific timeline in place. By the end of October? Expanding the definition of nonconsensual nudity and creating an appeals process for people whose accounts have been suspended. In November?”
New York Magazine: Twitter Should Stop Pretending. “Twitter has a bad habit of losing itself deep inside the rabbit hole of its own rules, and its attempts at unthinking, both-sides consistency tend to make them seem all the more weak and arbitrary. The platform is rife with stories from people who’ve been harassed or threatened in ways that would seem to specifically violate the terms of service, but whose reports fell on deaf ears.”
TechCrunch: Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with “more aggressive” rules. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to…Twitter today to promise a “more aggressive” stance in its rules and how it enforces them. The tweet storm was based in a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, as well as work that Dorsey says Twitter has been working ‘intensely’ on over the past few months. Dorsey says that critical decisions were made today in how to go about preventing the rampant and vicious harassment many women, minorities and other users undergo daily on the platform.” Sorry, Jack, I just don’t believe you anymore.
LA Times: #WomenBoycottTwitter to show support for those harassed on the social media platform. “Twitter Inc. gave the world the hashtag. Now the social media company is witnessing the power of the pound sign firsthand. A 24-hour boycott of Twitter by women Friday served as a protest against the silencing of women’s voices and a show of support for women who have been harassed on the social media platform, organizers and prominent participants said.”
BBC: Facebook and Twitter could face ‘online abuse levy’. “Facebook and Twitter could be asked to pay for action against the ‘undeniable suffering’ social media can cause, the culture secretary has said. Cyber-bullying, trolling, abuse and under-age access to porn will be targeted in plans drawn up by Karen Bradley to make the online world safer.”
Arizona State University: ASU team takes cyberbullying app public. “Just this month, [Yasin] Silva and his New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences team of faculty and students announced the public availability of BullyBlocker, a smartphone application that allows parents and victims of cyberbullying to monitor, predict and hopefully prevent incidents of online bullying. The first version of the app is currently available for free in the Apple app store, and the ASU team has received a nearly $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue research and development of subsequent versions. While there are other cyberbullying applications available, BullyBlocker is different in that it is the first and only application so far to do more than just flag potentially harmful posts and comments.”