Twitter dissolved the Trust and Safety Council, the advisory group of nearly 100 independent civil, human rights and other organizations.
The company, now managed by Elon Muskformed the council in 2016 to address hate speech, child exploitation, suicide, self-harm and other issues on the platform.
A meeting was scheduled with Chirping representatives on Monday evening. But, according to multiple members, Twitter informed the group via email shortly before the meeting took place that it was disbanding it.
Board members, who provided images from the Twitter email to the Associated Press, spoke on condition of anonymity over fears of retaliation
The email, signed “Twitter,” read: “Our work to make Twitter a safe and informative place will move faster and more aggressively than ever before, and we will continue to welcome your ideas in the future on how to achieve this.” objective. .”
The platform had confirmed, just four days ago, that a meeting with the board and an “open conversation and Q&A” with Twitter staff, including new head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, would go ahead.
The volunteer group provided expertise and guidance on how Twitter could better combat hate, harassment, and other harms, but had no decision-making authority and did not look into specific content disputes.
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Shortly after buying Twitter for $44 billion in late October, Musk said he would form a new “content moderation board” to help make important decisions, but he later changed his mind.
Last week, three board members announced their resignations in a public statement posted on Twitter saying that “contrary to what Elon Musk has claimed, the safety and well-being of Twitter users is in decline.”