The social networking platform Twitter is now the most popular on the planet, according to data from social network tracker Buzzfeed.
The website data from Buzzfeed, compiled from over 500,000 tweets, reveals that Twitter overtook Facebook, which had a lead of 6 per cent, and Google, which trailed Google+ at 4 per cent.
Twitter has been under pressure to address its own failings.
The social network has been forced to suspend accounts for its trending topics, including “rape culture” and “bullying”, and banned users for sharing videos and photos that it deems to be racist, sexist and anti-Semitic.
Its trending topics are also not automatically censored.
For example, one of the more popular trending topics for the last two weeks was “rape.
You know, that nasty, nasty thing where they take someone’s vagina.”
The trend is not new, and Twitter has been pushing for changes since the beginning of the year, with CEO Jack Dorsey in a recent video saying:”There are some things that we do better than others, and we should not just tolerate people doing them and say ‘oh well, this is fine’ because that doesn’t work.”
Twitter has also been criticized for being overly sensitive to negative content and has a history of censorship of anti-gay and trans-themed content, such as videos from the group known as “TransMensRights”.
“The more that we can expose the bigotry that’s happening, the better we can fight it,” said Matt Dershowitz, director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.
“But we can’t just do this to stop the hate, we have to do this because it’s the right thing to do.”
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorse, has been working on a new approach for its content policy for several months, and it is due to go into effect next week.
The company also said it will be making a concerted effort to make its news content more neutral.
It has been criticised by human rights groups for its failure to tackle online harassment and hate speech.
“Twitter’s ‘safe spaces’ are so small that they’re just a distraction from real social problems,” said Amnesty International’s senior director for global advocacy, Michael Ratner.
“Twitter’s new policies are a further sign that the company is trying to hide its complicity in these problems and to ignore them.”
“They have failed in their mission to prevent harassment and bullying on Twitter.
Twitter’s current policies and the ones they’ve been using for the past year don’t actually address these serious issues.”
The new policies will include a section on hate speech, but will also include a separate section on harassment, which will include examples of content that “may violate our Community Standards or the policies of Twitter”.
“Twitter has always been a safe space for people to vent their hatred, but it’s important that this new policy protects those who report hateful content on Twitter,” said Rachel Levinson, Amnesty International digital campaign director.
“The new policy will help Twitter to improve its reporting and enforcement systems to make sure it can do its job in combating online harassment. “