Reuters: Twitter has lifted its voluntary security advisory board

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Twitter has disbanded its Trust and Safety Council. Reuters writes this on the basis of an internal email sent to council members. In the email, Twitter writes that the advisory board “does not fit with the new phase of the platform”.

The Trust and Safety Council was established in 2016 and was made up of academics and representatives from civil rights organizations and other agencies. Twitter had created the council to advise the platform on its policies, programs and products. Among other things, the members gave advice on how Twitter could best combat harmful content, such as hate speech.

Reuters writes based on a message from Twitter to the council that it was dissolved on Monday. It also seems that Twitter’s page about the advisory council has been taken offline. “As Twitter enters a new phase, we are re-evaluating how best to apply external insights into our product and policy development. As part of this process, we have decided that the Trust and Safety Council is not the best structure to do this” , according to Reuters in the email. Twitter has not yet responded substantively to the news agency about the dissolution of the Trust and Safety Council.

Since Twitter was taken over by Elon Musk, there has been a major round of layoffs. About 3,700 employees, half of the workforce, were laid off in early November. 1,000 employees, including former head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety department Yoel Roth, have resigned themselves.

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