Twitter disbands its independent Trust and Safety advisory group

Elon Musk, who took over Twitter in late October, criticized the council for purportedly not doing enough to stop child exploitation.

Updated: December 13, 2022 - 2:49pm

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Twitter has dissolved its Trust and Safety Council, an advisory group of about 100 independent organizations that formed six years ago to address suicide, child exploitation and other content-related issues on the social media platform

Twitter informed the group via email shortly before a scheduled meeting Monday evening that it was disbanding, The Associated Press reported.

Twitter told the group it was "reevaluating how best to bring external insights," but the council is "not the best structure to do this."

"Our work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will be moving faster and more aggressively than ever before and we will continue to welcome your ideas going forward about how to achieve this goal," the social media company said. 

Elon Musk, who took over Twitter in late October, criticized the council for purportedly not doing enough to stop child exploitation. 

"Twitter is both a social media company and a crime scene," he tweeted.