Twitter taps former Google CFO, squeezes out ‘abusive behavior’

Twitter taps former Google CFO, squeezes out ‘abusive behavior’

Twitter has appointed ex-Google finance chief Patrick Pichette as a board member, replacing outgoing board member Hugh Johnston who has accepted a similar role at Microsoft.

Pichette, who served at Google between 2008 and 2015, returns from a two-year sabbatical and will take on the role beginning December 1. His duties will involve advising Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey.

The Twitter announcement contains a statement from Twitter executive chairman Omid Kordestani, hailing Pichette’s role in guiding Google through “a period of tremendous growth.”

He went on to say: “Patrick will bring a unique perspective to Twitter, and we're confident that everyone at the company will benefit from his involvement on the board."

The announcement comes the same day as it announced new terms of service geared towards removing abusive content. Twitter, in a blog post, said that it expanded the section that had earlier only dealt with government requests to remove content, under its prohibition of the promotion of terrorism to abusive behavior, copyright, and trademark.

It further said that it suspended a total of 935,897 accounts for the promotion of terrorism in the period of August 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

Twitter is also broadening its U.S transparency report. Twitter's public policy team stated: "We’ve continued to expand our U.S. country report. In this latest version, we’ve included a breakdown of California state information requests at the county level, with plans to introduce this section to other states in future reports."

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