Twitter CEO Admits It Needs To Crack Down On Abuse After Leslie Jones Saga

Following the appalling and unrelenting racial abuse of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones on Twitter – which resulted in the notorious conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos copping a permanent ban – CEO Jack Dorsey has said the company needs to do much, much better about abuse on its platform.

“No one deserves to be the target of abuse on Twitter,” he said on a conference call with investors on Tuesday, as reported in Variety. “We haven’t been good enough at ensuring that’s the case, and we need to do better.”

“We are not, and never will be, a platform that shows people only part of what’s happening. [However], abuse is not civil discourse.”

Although Twitter is much looser with censorship than that other social media giant, Facebook (e.g. nudity is allowed), it’s long copped criticism for it’s total ineffectiveness in dealing with abuse from trolls. (Then again, so has Facebook.) 

A large portion – but by no means all – is specifically directed at women, so Jones being a black female comedian who appears in a controversial film was essentially a lightning rod for targeted vitriol. She wasn’t the first high profile woman targeted, but the widespread outcry that followed prompted Dorsey to reach out to her personally.
He also FINALLY gave Milo the permanent boot.

To say navigating the tricky line between not censoring free speech and policing abuse is tricky is an understatement; Dorsey even got into a Twitter beef with WikiLeaks about it.


Leslie Jones, btw, is back on Twitter 

Source: Variety.

Photo: Getty / Alberto E. Rodriguez.