Twitter convenes a team to prepare for US Capitol riot anniversary

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol, Twitter convened a team to prepare the social networking site to address any harmful content linked to the incident, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

Social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, were accused of enabling extremists to organize the siege on January 6, 2021, when supporters of Republican then-President Donald Trump asked Congress to stop attesting to Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. The Capitol was raided to stop it.

Twitter said it had “constituted a cross-functional working group” that included members of its site integrity and trust and security teams, which is specific to the anniversary of the attack on the Capitol and risks such as tweets and accounts inciting violence. Will keep an eye on , The company did not say how many people were on the monitoring team.

The company said the effort expands its work to monitor the platform around major global events, and said it will continue to monitor search results for trending topics and harmful content.

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

A spokeswoman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, said on Wednesday that the online video platform had removed tens of thousands of videos over the past year for violating its US election-related policies, saying it was electorally wrong. Keeps a close watch on information. Place.

In March, the CEOs of Twitter, Google and Facebook testified at a hearing before Congress and were asked by US lawmakers whether their platforms took some responsibility for the riots.

Then-Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey was the only executive who answered “yes”, but said the “broader ecosystem” had to be taken into account.

Days after the Capitol riots, Twitter announced the permanent suspension of Trump’s account, citing “the risk of further inciting violence.”

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

The company said that over the past year, it has permanently suspended thousands of accounts for violating its policies against coordinated harmful activity.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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