Twitter to take a "more aggressive stance" on violence and abuse

Courtney Goldsmith
Follow Courtney
Social Media Site Twitter Debuts On The New York Stock Exchange
Twitter says it's getting tough on abuse (Source: Getty)

The boss of Twitter has said the company will crack down on abuse on the social media website.

Jack Dorsey said the company would "take a more aggressive stance" in its rules and how it enforces them in a tweet.

New rules will get tough on unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups and tweets that glorify violence, Dorsey tweeted.

Read more: Trump's North Korea "war" tweets won't be removed by Twitter. Here's why

The changes are set to start rolling out in the next few weeks, Dorsey said, adding: "More to share next week."

The move follows criticism that the company is not doing enough to stop abuse.

Yesterday, critics boycotted the platform after Twitter temporarily suspended actress Rose McGowan's account after she posted a series of messages related to allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Twitter said the account was locked because one of McGowan's tweets included a private phone number, which violates its terms of service.

Twitter has been lambasted for working too slowly to resolve issues around abuse and violent threats.

Read more: A well known MP is renewing pressure on Twitter over abuse

Related articles