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July 22, 2015 2:29 pm

Twitter Unveils New Safety Center Developed With British Jewish Security Group

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Guidelines for Twitter safety, from the company itself in its new Safety Center tool.

Guidelines for Twitter safety, from the company itself in its new Safety Center tool.

Twitter unveiled a new resource on Wednesday for users facing abuse on the social media site called the Safety Center, though critics have noted its practicality is questionable at best.

Working together with security groups such as British CST, protecting Jewish communities in the U.K., Twitter designed the new platform to help users navigate its available tools for dealing with online abuse, whether racism, antisemitism, trolling or other forms of online harassment.

CST’s efforts with Twitter were to ensure the issue of antisemitism could be addressed and taken care of effectively. Many Jewish leaders in Europe, the U.S. and Israel believe the Internet has become the primary forum for spreading antisemitism, much in the way Western leaders have accused extremist groups like the Islamic State of propagandizing and recruiting.

Twitter said the tool was to help users, parents and educators address safety concerns, and stressed its creation came about by cooperating with members of the community.

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Still, critics have pointed out the much of the content on the tool is nothing new — either common Internet safety knowledge like updating passwords or links to content already published under the safety section on Twitter.

For example, to report an antisemitic user, the tool simply re-routes the user back to Twitter’s information page on how to flag individual media or report a user. Then, the process is essentially the same as before, so the tool provides nothing new there.

Additionally, reaching the tool itself was most easily accomplished through a Google search, rather than accessing it through Twitter itself. Actually, Twitter’s own help page appears ahead of this new tool, which was meant to allay fears in Jewish communities of a rising trend of online antisemitic abuse.

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