Twitter convenes a team to prepare for the US Capitol Riot anniversary


Ahead of the one year anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Twitter convened a team to prepare the social networking site to tackle malicious content related to the event, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

Social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook were accused of allowing extremists to organize the siege on January 6, 2021, when supporters of then-Republican President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from winning the presidential election of Democrat Joe Biden to confirm.

Twitter said it has “convened a cross-functional working group” made up of members from the integrity and trust and security teams of the website, which will be specifically targeting the anniversary of the Capitol attack and will be vigilant for risks such as tweets and accounts, incite violence. The company did not say how many people were on the surveillance team.

The company said efforts to monitor the platform during major global events will expand, adding that it will continue to monitor trending topics and search results for malicious content.

A spokesman for Meta, the company previously known as Facebook, said in a statement on Wednesday: “We are still actively monitoring threats on our platform and will respond accordingly.”

A spokesman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, said Wednesday that the online video platform removed tens of thousands of videos over the past year that violated its US election-related guidelines and said it continues to be accurate on misinformation about elections control side? ˅.

In March, the CEOs of Twitter, Google and Facebook testified in a congressional hearing and were asked by US lawmakers whether their platforms were responsible for the uprising.

Then-Twitter boss Jack Dorsey was the only manager who answered “yes” but said the “broader ecosystem” needed to be taken into account.

Days after the Capitol Uprising, Twitter announced a permanent suspension of Trump’s account and referred to “the risk of further incitement to violence”.

“Our approach both before and after Jan. 6 has been to take tough enforcement action against accounts and tweets that incite violence or have the potential to cause offline harm,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday .

The company added that over the past year it permanently banned thousands of accounts for violating its policies on coordinated malicious activity.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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