Twitter’s Trust And Safety Advisory Group, Led By Elon Musk, Has Been Disbanded!

Twitter disbands its Trust and Safety Council

Actually, the Trust and Safety Council had a subcommittee dedicated to preventing child exploitation as part of its advisory body. Organizations like YAKIN (Youth, Adult Survivors, & Kin in Need), the Rati Foundation, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children were mentioned.

Twitter, owned by Elon Musk, has eliminated its Trust and Safety Council, an advisory group of roughly one hundred independent civil, human rights, and other organizations that were established in 2016 to address issues like hate speech, child exploitation, suicide, and self-harm on the platform.

The council was supposed to have a meeting with Twitter on Monday night, but the meeting was canceled. Twitter, however, reportedly informed the group via email that it was disbanding the group shortly before the meeting was scheduled to take place.

The council members spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation for sharing screenshots of the email on Twitter. The email explained that Twitter was “re-evaluating how best to bring external insights” and that the council was “not the best structure to do this.”

The email, signed by “Twitter,” stated, “Our work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will be moving faster and more aggressively than ever before,” and that the company would continue to “welcome your ideas going forward” on how to do so.

This group of volunteers advised Twitter on how to better combat hate speech, harassment, and other harmful effects of the platform, but they did not have the power to make decisions or review individual cases of content dispute. Musk initially said he would create a new “content moderation council” to aid in making major decisions after spending $44 billion to acquire Twitter in late October, but he later reversed his position.

Council member Alex Holmes tweeted, “Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council was a group of volunteers who over many years gave up their time when consulted by Twitter staff to offer advice on a wide range of online harms and safety issues.” There was never a governing body or any sort of decision-making happening there.

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S.F.-based Twitter confirmed the meeting with the council via email on Thursday, promising an “open conversation and Q&A” with Twitter staff, including the new head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin.

Twitter Disbands ‘Trust And Safety Council’

According to an internal Twitter email obtained by CNN, the company informed members of its “Trust and Safety Council” on Monday night that it was disbanding.

Twitter Disbands ‘Trust And Safety Council’

In the email, the company said it was “reevaluating how best to bring external insights into our product and policy development work.” We have come to the conclusion that the Trust and Safety Council is not the appropriate forum within which to carry out these reforms.

This is part of Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, rolling back a number of the company’s pre-Musk policies and procedures.

There used to be a page on Twitter’s site explaining that the council was comprised of external expert organizations that advised on topics like online safety, human and digital rights, suicide prevention, mental health, child sexual exploitation, and dehumanization.

Twitter has previously explained that these groups “together advocate for the safety and advise us as we develop our products, programs, and rules.”

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Concerned about the increasing number of attacks on the council, a few remaining members sent an email to Twitter on Monday morning, asking that the company stop misrepresenting the council’s role.

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According to the email, the “lives of current and former Council members” were in danger because of the false accusations made by Twitter’s top brass.

In fact, the Trust and Safety Council hosted a child exploitation advisory group. Three such organizations are the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Rati Foundation, and YAKIN (Youth, Adult Survivors, & Kin in Need).

On Monday, former Twitter employee Patricia Cartes, whose job it was to form the council in 2016, said its dissolution “means there are no more checks and balances.” According to Cartes, the company formed the council so that experts from all over the world could voice their concerns about how Twitter’s upcoming policies and features might affect their communities.

She made a comparison with Musk’s current method of consulting his Twitter audience before implementing a policy change affecting how content is moderated. She made it clear that he “doesn’t really care as much” about what professionals think.

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Actually, the Trust and Safety Council had a subcommittee dedicated to preventing child exploitation as part of its advisory body. Organizations like YAKIN (Youth, Adult Survivors, & Kin in Need), the Rati Foundation, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children were mentioned.

On Monday, Patricia Cartes, a former Twitter employee who was responsible for establishing the council in 2016, said that the group’s dissolution “means there are no more checks and balances.” Cartes explained that the company wanted to include international perspectives on the council so that members could share how Twitter’s new policies and features might affect their communities.

She made the comparison with the way Musk does things now, which is to ask his Twitter followers for feedback before changing moderation policies. He “doesn’t really care as much” about what experts think, she said.

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