Twitter dissolved its Trust and Safety Council which has added to the existing turmoil the platform faces after Elon Musk’s takeover.

The volunteer group formed in 2016 to offer the the company advice on content moderation policies.

The company said: “As Twitter moves into a new phase, we are reevaluating how best to bring external insights into our product and policy development work. 

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“As part of this process, we have decided that the Trust and Safety Council is not the best structure to do this.”

Since his $44 billion takeover, Elon Musk has implemented a cost-cutting push that included job cuts affecting more than half its workforce.

He immediately carried out mass layoffs, including ousting top executives, including its former trust and safety chief Yoel Roth.

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The council consisted several civil rights groups that addressed safety concerns as Twitter built products, programs, and rules.

In an email, Twitter said: “Our work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will be moving faster and more aggressively than ever before.

“We will continue to welcome your ideas going forward about how to achieve this goal.”

The email was sent less than an hour before the council was about to hold talks with company executives via Zoom.

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Three council members left their roles last week expressing concerns over Twitter users’ safety.

Council member Anne Collier said: “It is clear from research evidence that, contrary to claims by Elon Musk, the safety and wellbeing of Twitter’s users are on the decline.”

Musk replied on Twitter blaming council members for failing to take action against child exploitation, an accusation that former CEO Jack Dorsey said was “false”.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Reuters

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