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CPJ Raises Concerns Over Twitter Dissolving Its Trust & Safety Council

On Monday, Twitter announced that the company would dissolve the Trust and Safety Council, leading the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to raise their concerns. 

The Trust and Safety Council was an advisory group comprised of civil society organizations of which CPJ is a longstanding member. Despite the council going away, Twitter stated they will engage with associates through “bilateral or small group meetings” and “regional contacts.”

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CPJ relayed their deep concerns over Twitter opting to go this route, which will void a longstanding arrangement tool to mitigate possible harm to Twitter users, including journalists, on issues like hate speech. 

“Mechanisms such as the Trust and Safety Council help platforms like Twitter to understand how to address harm and counter behavior that targets journalists,” CPJ President Jodie Ginsberg said in a release

“Safety online can mean survival offline. Today’s decision to dissolve the Trust and Safety Council is cause for grave concern, particularly as it is coupled with increasingly hostile statements by Twitter owner Elon Musk about journalists and the media.” 

Eduardo Razo
Eduardo Razo
Eduardo Razo is the Assistant Content Editor for BNM, which includes writing daily news stories on the news media industry. He can be found on Twitter @eddierazo_ or you can reach him by email at [email protected].

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