Twitter seems to be lifting its trust and safety board

  • Twitter appeared to disband its Trust and Safety Council in an abrupt email Monday.
  • The group consisted of various individuals and organizations who advocated for safety on the ground.
  • The move comes amid a recently reported increase in hate speech on the site.

Twitter has disbanded its Trust and Safety Council in the latest development in Elon Musk’s ongoing and turbulent takeover.

On Monday, the company sent a memo to the remaining members of the board announcing the group’s disbandment, with the subject line “Thank you,” according to The Washington Post.

In a copy of the email obtained by tech journalist Avi Asher-Scapiro, the company said it is “re-evaluating” how best to bring outside insights into its product and policy work as Twitter enters a “new phase.” As part of that process, the company said it had decided that the Trust and Safety Council “isn’t the best structure to do this.”

Formed in 2016, the council was made up of several dozen people and independent organizations, including civil rights leaders and academics who helped “advocate for safety” at the site. Many of those involved were volunteers.

As of Monday night, Twitter appeared to have done just that removed from the council’s web page on its website. Neither Musk nor Twitter immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.

The email announcing the board’s end came less than an hour before members of the group were due to meet with top Twitter executives via Zoom about recent events at the company, people familiar with the matter told The Post.

“Our work to make Twitter a safe, informational place will move faster and more aggressively than ever before, and we will continue to welcome your ideas on how we can achieve this goal,” the email read.

Musk appeared to backtrack last month after previously suggesting that a content moderation board be created for the site.

Monday’s disbandment comes just three days after three Trust and Safety Council members publicly resigned, citing a decline in the “safety and well-being” of Twitter users in the less than two months since Musk took over.

Research from two watchdogs, the Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League, recently reported a surge in hate speech, including racial and homophobic slurs, as well as anti-Semitic posts on the site.

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