Twitter Trust and Safety Council Eyes Expansion, Reorganization

Members will be divided into groups focused on specific issues

Temporary working groups will also be established CandO_Designs/iStock
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Twitter provided an update Friday on the Twitter Trust and Safety Council, which the social network established in February 2016 to help advise it as it develops products, programs and the Twitter rules.

Director of public policy strategy Nick Pickles said in a blog post that after speaking with the current members and internal discussions, it was determined that membership needed to be broadened to include more diverse voices, and members needed to be organized so that their conversations could be more in-depth.

Going forward, the Twitter Trust and Safety Council will be made up of several groups, starting in 2020 with: safety and online harassment; human and digital rights; child sexual exploitation; and suicide prevention and mental health.

Pickles wrote, “These four groups cover topics that are critical to ensuring that people feel safe, and they will be a crucial part in helping us learn how we can move faster to address emerging trends and risks. Focusing on these issues will help us more quickly adapt and address new trends and risks to consider. By bringing together a wider and more diverse range of perspectives, we hope to engage in more substantial discussion of these issues.”

Temporary working groups will also be established to focus on topics better addressed with organizations that have related expertise, such as one group dedicated to Twitter’s interpretation of dehumanization.

Pickles said more details will be shared in January on how the Twitter Trust and Safety Council will be expanded, as well as more of the company’s thinking following ongoing meetings with nongovernmental organizations, activists and other organizations.

He concluded, “We’re grateful for the continued support and engagement from our partners around the world and look forward to collaborating with even more groups in the future.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.