Tuesday 5 February 2019 marks #SaferInternetDay and is an opportunity for everyone around the world to come together with the common goal of creating a safer internet.
The theme for Safer Internet Day 2019 is Together for a Better Internet and to recognize and support this goal, Twitter, in partnership with the Safer Internet Day Coordinating Team, has launched a special emoji in the shape of hands cupping the globe. The emoji appears when people Tweet with the hashtags #SaferInternetDay and #SID2019. The hashtags are available in 12 different languages, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Bahasa Indonesia.
Improving the collective health of the public conversation - which includes online safety in its many forms - is our number one priority as a company. From our CEO down, it’s part of everyone’s job at Twitter. In 2018, we made more than 70 changes to our product, policies and processes to build a healthier Twitter.
To help people stay safe on Twitter, the changes we made this year enabled us to take action on more abusers who were reported to us in comparison to last year; stop hundreds of thousands of accounts from rejoining after a suspension for abusive behavior; and reduce abuse in conversations.
Additionally, we focused on:
In addition to the changes to Twitter's product, policies and processes, we have partnered with a number of organisations around the world on a range of activities to support online safety in areas such as violent extremism, child sexual exploitation, suicide and self harm, women's safety, LGBTQ safety and many more.
In Asia Pacific, we are proud to have increased the number of safety partners by 30 percent in the last year. Some examples of those partnerships include:
We're also using Safer Internet Day as an opportunity to remind people of best practices to keep themselves safe on Twitter and online via a series of blog posts. Keep an eye out this week for more information on:
Twitter is a long-time supporter of Safer Internet Day and this year, we are proud to continue our association with this important event. We look forward to ongoing conversation with all of our partners, and to continuing our work to find real, lasting solutions to build a safer Twitter.