ADL Statement on Twitter's Report That it Has Curbed Abuse on Platform

New York, NY, May 16, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League released a statement today after Twitter shared the results of a new approach it has taken since March to reduce the amount of abuse on the platform.

The following is a statement from Brittan Heller, Director of ADL’s Center for Technology and Society:

“Twitter's new approach to disruptive and harassing tweets is a promising and important step in addressing hate online. It is especially so in terms of how it addresses questionable content beyond the scope of what violates the platform’s terms of service. The information they have provided the public on the effectiveness of these methods in mitigating abuse on Twitter is also valuable transparency. We look forward to continued and sustained efforts by Twitter to provide greater transparency on efforts like these to make their platform more respectful and inclusive of all people.”

ADL last week released the first-ever report detailing the extent of anti-Semitism on Twitter, finding at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets in the 12-month period ending January 28, 2018.

ADL is a member of the Twitter Trust & Safety Council. ADL’s Center for Technology and Society (CTS) works with all the major social media platforms and other online sites to protect civil rights and combat harassment. Read more at www.adl.org/CTS.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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