Twitter CEO to go after Trolls "kick them off left and right"

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  1. Limo Wreck

    Limo Wreck Aboard the great mothership Staff Member

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    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform's chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is embarrassed for the company's failures and would soon be taking stronger action to eliminate trolls. He said problems with trolls are driving away the company's users. "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years," Costolo wrote in an internal memo obtained by The Verge. "It's no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day."

    "IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE."

    Costolo's comments came in response to a question on an internal forum about a recent story by Lindy West, a frequent target of harassment on Twitter. Among other things, West's tormentors created a Twitter account for her then recently-deceased father and made cruel comments about her on the service; West recently shared her story on This American Life and the Guardian. On Twitter's forums, an employee asked whether anything could be done:

    On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM, Adrian Cole wrote:

    A must read in its own right about cyberbullying. One section suggestsTwitter can just do more.

    "Iā€™m aware that Twitter is well within its rights to let its platform

    be used as a vehicle for sexist and racist harassment. But, as a

    private company ā€“ just like a comedian mulling over a rape joke, or a

    troll looking for a target for his anger ā€“ it could choose not to. As

    a collective of human beings, it could choose to be better."

    In response, Costolo made a frank acknowledgement of Twitter's slowness to adopt tools to combat trolls.

    On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM, Dick Costolo wrote:

    We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years. It's no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.

    I'm frankly ashamed of how poorly we've dealt with this issue during my tenure as CEO. It's absurd. There's no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It's nobody else's fault but mine, and it's embarrassing.

    We're going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them.

    Everybody on the leadership team knows this is vital.

    @dickc


    Costolo later sent a follow-up message reiterating that he was taking responsibility for Twitter's slowness in addressing the problem.

    On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 12:45 PM, Dick Costolo wrote:
    Let me be very very clear about my response here. I take PERSONAL responsibility for our failure to deal with this as a company. I thought i did that in my note, so let me reiterate what I said, which is that I take personal responsibility for this. I specifically said "It's nobody's fault but mine"

    We HAVE to be able to tell each other the truth, and the truth that everybody in the world knows is that we have not effectively dealt with this problem even remotely to the degree we should have by now, and that's on me and nobody else. So now we're going to fix it, and I'm going to take full responsibility for making sure that the people working night and day on this have the resources they need to address the issue, that there are clear lines of responsibility and accountability, and that we don't equivocate in our decisions and choices.



    Dick

    Amid widespread criticism, Twitter released some tools to improve its notoriously arduousprocess for reporting abuse in December. In November, Twitter partnered with an advocacy group to investigate harassment against women. But every day, Twitter users still face threats of physical violence, sexual abuse, and stalking ā€” all forms of harassment that disproportionately affect women online, according to data from The Pew Center.

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/4/79...t-memo-taking-personal-responsibility-for-the
     
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  2. JameGumb

    JameGumb We're all out of toner!

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    He must have gotten his plate of cold cuts and a generous check tucked in a folded nice note.
     
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    crazypreacher Hey yo

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    RIP twatter lulz.
     
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    Scott Masshole Staff Member

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    That's the power of the show.
     
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    Cry about it faggot LOL. Waaaaaaaaa Trolls waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...

    They should worry more about the godawful last update they did.. looks like some shitass wordpress site.
     
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    What will this mean for Gary Page Two? :crying:
     
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  7. Dick Fitzwell

    Dick Fitzwell Opinions are like assholes ... and so am I

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    How about they get rid of the ridiculous character limit instead??
     
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    teehee Friend Of The Friendless VIP

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    Or Gary Puppet??
     
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    Dirty South Large Member

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    Whiny fucking cunts.

    Wgas/Wgaf...
     
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    Dick Nipaolo Inconsequential human

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    Well..... :spingay::slap:
     
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    Nemo Beer Can Thick Gold

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    I'm not a big twitter guy but can't you easily ignore the haters?
     
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    I think that douche needs to realize that trolling and funny tweets are all that shit service are good for. What's he want to do, turn it into a SFN listening thread with the same 3 assholes saying good morning to each other?

    Actually SFN is so dead now, they no longer even attempt listening threads.
     
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    N Copter Shot Dead Banned User

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    That is just what I was thinking (no, I'm not Robin).

    You start driving away people when they are having fun they will find another place to play.
     
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    I'd say break out the kittens but at this point, they would mistake us for fans...
     
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    He's worried about trolls driving users away but not fake followers inflating follower numbers?
     
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    It's not trolling if it's true. NSAL is a scam charity and Beth really is a cunt.
     
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    smichal A1 Dick Game

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    what about the billions of fake accounts like boeuf's paid followers?
    what about pro-ISIS ones?
     
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    UGH! THAT'S the name I wanted ... srry, it was like one in the morning :ufacepalm:
     
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    AmishGirl wants some Nordic dick! :eek:

    @garypagetwo
     
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    "Twrolls are making it twough for twits to tweet!"

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