How to be a better Twitter user: The secret to success
With Twitter’s growth comes a new challenge: The network has been under increasing scrutiny for its handling of sexual harassment and discrimination complaints, especially in light of President Donald Trump’s recent decision to fire the head of the Federal Communications Commission.
In the past month alone, Twitter has faced a number of allegations, including the harassment of a female journalist and a former employee.
A Twitter spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
The network’s efforts to address the issue have included a campaign to make it easier for women to report harassment and a series of new rules that require users to use the word “safe” instead of the more common “friendly.”
The platform’s first official rule for harassment, published in February, included a statement saying “a woman’s experience of harassment on Twitter is one of the most important to her.”
But the new rules, which took effect last week, were designed to address specific cases.
A spokesperson for the network said the new rule was designed to be as inclusive as possible.
“Twitter is a place where people can be who they want to be and be able to share their stories freely, without fear of reprisal,” said spokesperson Laura Mixon.
“This policy is not about banning anyone or forcing anyone to speak publicly about their experiences or being afraid to speak out.
It is about encouraging people to share with each other their own stories.”
But there are still many who see the changes as too little too late.
Twitter has already faced backlash after the announcement of the new policy, as many users were critical of the move and accused the network of not taking action sooner.
“I just think they have a really poor track record of actually taking things seriously and doing things to prevent it,” said one user, who identified herself as “Penny” on Twitter.
“There’s a lot of women, especially women of color, who are scared to come forward with sexual harassment because they’re going to be accused of being a bad person.”
She added that Twitter has been criticized for not taking a harder line on harassment, which has led to a wave of abuse against women.
“When we do come forward, it is often met with an onslaught of vitriol, abuse and death threats,” Penny said.
“So I just think it’s really dangerous to just have a company that is not doing enough to prevent harassment and not being proactive enough in addressing it.”
In a statement to NBC News, Twitter defended the new policies.
“We have a long-standing policy of zero tolerance for any form of abuse on Twitter, and we take our abuse seriously.
We have taken steps to address some of the concerns raised in this report, including adding tools for reporting abuse and removing abusive accounts,” said a spokesperson.
“While we do not publicly identify individual users who engage in abusive behavior, we have taken a number a steps to reduce abuse, and the actions that have been taken since the beginning of the year have included new reporting features and the establishment of a new safety team.
We also continue to make efforts to keep the platform safer for all users, including addressing reports of harassment and ensuring that we are taking appropriate action against abusers.”
While the new Twitter rules may seem small, they are a step in the right direction.
Many social media users are still hesitant to use Twitter, especially when it comes to safety.
A 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of social media owners use social media at least occasionally, with almost three quarters saying they have blocked or muted users who use abusive language.
And the network’s CEO, Dick Costolo, was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had sexually harassed two women and a female colleague in his time at the company.
But the network has shown it can do more.
The company has created new safety tools that allow users to report inappropriate content and blocked abusive accounts, including former employees and others who have been terminated.
“It is clear that we have made progress, and that we’ve changed the culture,” Mixon said.
And while Twitter has taken steps that will hopefully help prevent sexual harassment on the platform, it still faces the challenge of making its platform as welcoming as possible for everyone.
“People are still scared to speak up and speak up about abuse,” said Penny.
“They still feel uncomfortable when they talk to people about it.
So they are still afraid to get involved, and it is not a good place for anyone to be.”