Following criticism, Twitter CEO says 'new rules' on abusive tweets coming soon

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The US house intelligence committee is asking officials from Twitter, Facebook, and Google to testify publicly as part of its Russian Federation probe on November 1, the same day as a planned senate intelligence committee hearing on the topic.

Critics have also accused Twitter of setting a double standard that has allowed President Trump - whose communications with the outside world often consist largely of early-morning tweets - to use violent language that would not be permitted for others, such as his threat to destroy North Korea. Following the boycott, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that his company will introduce a stronger set of rules to weed out sexual harassment, hateful symbols and violent groups from the short messaging platform.

Twitter censored McGowan's account for a number of hours last week, and then claimed that it was because she broke its rules by sending out a telephone number.

Actress Rose McGowan's account was suspended by Twitter bosses on Wednesday (11Oct17) after she repeatedly tweeted about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, sparking an outcry from users.

As part of those decisions, Dorsey said Twitter is taking a more aggressive stance in enforcing anti-harassment policies.

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Chrissy Teigen, Mark Ruffalo and Ava Duvernay are among the stars boycotting Twitter over the treatment of its female users.

Facebook, on the other hand, has attracted protests for its no-nudity policy, which has resulted in the banning of photos of breast-feeding mothers and a historic image of wartime Vietnam. She has become an outspoken detractor of Weinstein, the center of numerous allegations of rape, sexual harassment, and decades-long records of sexual abuse. "We've been working to counteract this for the past 2 years".

In a statement defending their actions in suspending Rose's account, Twitter bosses wrote that they would improve their processes for dealing with abuse.

In 2017, he declared - without specifics - that "we made it our top priority and made a lot of progress".

"We stand with the fearless women and men who use Twitter to share their stories and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", said Twitter.