Leadership Conference Statement on Twitter Dissolving Trust & Safety Council

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WASHINGTONMaya Wiley, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after reports that Twitter had dissolved its Trust & Safety Council:

“This is yet another disturbing move by Twitter under Elon Musk, and it comes at a time when hate speech is on the rise across the platform. Rather than addressing this issue head on — something that would not just benefit the experience on Twitter, but improve civil society as a whole — Musk has decided to dissolve an independent council that consisted of civil and human rights organizations tasked with addressing hate speech and other issues across the platform.

“Sadly, this kind of behavior has become standard operating procedure at Twitter under Musk. Time and again since taking over the platform, Musk has been given a chance to do the right thing. Each time he has instead opted to put vulnerable communities at risk. This is not a game — these decisions have a real impact online and offline, and it’s time Twitter’s leaders realized that.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.