- 13 Dec 22
Approximately 3,700 employees, or half of the work force, have been laid off since Elon Musk took over the company.
Twitter's Trust and Safety Council has been disbanded. The volunteer group was formed in 2016, aiming to advise the social media platform on site decisions.
Along with the lay-offs more than a 1,000 employees resigned, with Yoel Roth, the company's former head of trust and safety, among them.
"As Twitter moves into a new phase, we are reevaluating how best to bring external insights into our product and policy development work," an email sent to the Trust and Safety Council members, seen by media outlet Reuters, said. "As part of this process, we have decided that the Trust and Safety Council is not the best structure to do this."
Since then, a Twitter page for the Trust and Safety Council has been deleted.
The council was previously comprised of various civil rights organisations, academics and other bodies, advocating for safety, and advising Twitter as it developed products, programmes and rules - according to a web archive.
"Our work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will be moving faster and more aggressively than ever before and we will continue to welcome your ideas going forward about how to achieve this goal," an email response from Twitter to Reuters said.
This email from Twitter arrived just ahead of members of the council meeting with company executives via Zoom, the Washington Post reported earlier.
Just last week, three members of the Trust and Safety Council resigned with concerns for the safety of Twitter users at the core of their reasoning.
Council member Anne Collier had tweeted: "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."