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Twitter Announces 'More Aggressive' Safety Rules and Enforcement After Women Boycott

Jack Dorsey, 2017
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Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., speaks during an interview on May 1, 2017. 

CEO Jack Dorsey announced new rules around "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence" will be enforced.

Multitudes of women participated in Friday's (Oct. 13) #WomenBoycottTwitter movement in protest of their voices being silenced -- and Twitter listened.

CEO Jack Dorsey announced Friday night (Oct. 13) that the social media platform will be rolling out new safety rules in the "next few weeks" around "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence."

"Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're *still* not doing enough," Dorsey tweeted. "We've been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions. We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them."

The co-founder and CEO noted that more information will be shared next week.

#WomenBoycottTwitter gained steam after the platform "locked" Rose McGowan's account for violating the rules by posting a personal phone number. McGowan, who has spoken out about being a victim of rape by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and many others didn't appear to buy Twitter's explanation. The actress shared posts from other users who asserted her account was locked for speaking out against powerful male actors, such as Ben Affleck.

The day-long boycott was launched soon after in solidarity of victims of sexual harassment and assault. Alyssa Milano, Gina Rodriquez, Ava DuVernay, Kathy Griffin, Chrissy Teigen and Amber Tamblyn were among the stars who joined McGowan to protest.

Following Dorsey's announcement, McGowan and Milano tweeted in response.

"We were silent. And they heard us," Milano wrote, while McGowan urged, "Start by immediately removing Richard Spencer's verification."

This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1/ We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028949434241024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2/ We prioritized this in 2016. We updated our policies and increased the size of our teams. It wasn’t enough.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028950650589184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">3/ In 2017 we made it our top priority and made a lot of progress.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028951904743425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">4/ Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we’re *still* not doing enough.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028953284673536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">5/ We’ve been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028954215751680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">6/ We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028955226636288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">7/ New rules around: unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028956333879296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">8/ These changes will start rolling out in the next few weeks. More to share next week.</p>&mdash; jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/919028957663465472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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