After Twitter suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account for her famous tweets on sexual harassment, company’s CEO Jack Dorsey pledged to introduce new anti-abuse rules and a more aggressive stance in enforcing them.
Twitter temporarily suspended McGowan’s account after she posted a private phone number in a Tweet. While social media platform eventually restored McGowan’s account, the incident highlighted bigger problems in how Twitter addresses abuse on its platform.
Dorsey tweeted a series of tweets and said the company recognizes that behavior on the site silences voices. “We’ve been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions.” He further added that they have “decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them.”
1/ We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years.
— jack (@jack) October 14, 2017
Last year, Twitter introduced some features that help filter abusive Tweets and block certain keywords, but those efforts doesn’t seem to go far enough. Several users also pointed out that Twitter has verified white supremacists accounts and Dorsey replied that the platform is reconsidering its verification policies.