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Twitter dissolves its Trust and Safety Council

A sign at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A sign at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Twitter dissolved its Trust and Safety Council, the advisory group of nearly 100 independent civic human rights and other organizations that the company formed in 2016 to tackle hate speech, child exploitation, suicide, self-harm and other issues on the platform.

The council was scheduled to meet with representatives from Twitter on Monday night. However, the social network, which is owned by billionaire Elon Musk, informed the group shortly before through an email that it was going to dissolve it, according to several members.

The council members, who provided images of the Twitter email to The Associated Press, spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation.

“Our work to make Twitter a safe and informative site will move faster and more aggressively than ever, and we will continue to welcome your ideas on how to achieve this goal,” read the email, which was signed “Twitter.”

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