Twitter works with UN and Women in Asia

Charitable Tweet, among a firestorm for social media platform.

It has been reported that Twitter in partnership with United Nations (UN) Women Asia Pacific (APAC) and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has launched a dedicated gender-based violence (GBV) search prompt for hotlines and support in various local languages.

The service is now available in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.

According to the Malaysian Reserve, Twitter said in a statement that it plans to expand this service to other countries across the region in the coming weeks and months.

The announcement comes just after the social media platform’s recent announcement it would label any Tweet, including those of President Donald Trump, as misinformation if it violates Twitter’s policy.

In a Tweet, CEO Jack Dorsey wrote, “this does not make us an “arbiter of truth.”

“Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” he wrote. “More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.”

His announcement created a firestorm as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments to Fox News that he believed “strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online”.

“Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that,” he said.

This lead to Timothy Aveni, former engineer at social media giant Facebook handing in his resignation two days ago.

Aveni wrote on his LinkedIn page “Facebook’s continued refusal to act on the president’s bigoted messages aimed at radicalizing the American public”.

In the comments section of Aveni’s update he wrote, “I tried — WE tried, together — and came up empty. This isn’t the first time I disagreed with Facebook’s policies, and I did have some hope in the past that I could help bring change on behalf of those who don’t have such a privileged voice on the inside. Without going into the details of internal discussions, I can say one thing: Mark made it clear, over, and over, that I should never expect him to listen”.




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