On Twitter, every voice has the power to shape the world. We see this power every day, from activists who use Twitter to mobilize citizens to content creators who use Twitter to shape opinion.
To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies. With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million users has a part to play, as do the community of experts working for safety and free expression.
That’s why we are announcing the formation of the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, a new and foundational part of our strategy to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.
As we develop products, policies, and programs, our Trust & Safety Council will help us tap into the expertise and input of organizations at the intersection of these issues more efficiently and quickly. In developing the Council, we are taking a global and inclusive approach so that we can hear a diversity of voices from organizations including:
- Safety advocates, academics, and researchers focused on minors, media literacy, digital citizenship, and efforts around greater compassion and empathy on the Internet;
- Grassroots advocacy organizations that rely on Twitter to build movements and momentum;
- Community groups with an acute need to prevent abuse, harassment, and bullying, as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
We have more than 40 organizations and experts from 13 regions joining as inaugural members of the Council. We are thrilled to work with these organizations to ensure that we are enabling everyone, everywhere to express themselves with confidence on Twitter.
Twitter Trust & Safety Council - Inaugural Members:
- Anti-Bullying Pro
- Anti-Defamation League
- Beyond Blue
- Center for Democracy and Technology
- Circle of 6
- Crisis Text Line
- Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
- Cybersmile Foundation
- Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center
- Dangerous Speech Project
- EU Kids Online
- European Schoolnet
- Family Online Safety Institute
- Feminist Frequency
- Fundacion para la Libertad de Prensa
- ICT Watch
- Internet Watch Foundation
- Love 146
- Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
- National Cyber Security Alliance
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- National Network to End Domestic Violence
- Pantallas Amigas
- Project Rockit
- Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales
- Red Papaz
- Southwest Grid for Learning
- The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
- The Wahid Institute
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Without My Consent