There has been a new report that seemed to make the former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo rather un-pleased.

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The report states that Costolo filtered out abusive tweets in a open question-and-answer session with President Barack Obama and it came from an anonymous and former Twitter employees that spoke to the well known BuzzFeed about a story on how Twitter has and has not addressed abuse on the service.

They reported that Costolo had actually ordered the creation of an algorithm that would be able to filtered out abusive replies to the President during the #AskPOTUS event and he also directed employees to manually censor tweets, according to the sources. The same thing seemed to had happened for an other question-and-answer session, this time with Caitlyn Jenner.

Even though the former Twitter CEO unofficially replied that all these accusations are "total nonsense" and "laughably false" he avoided to respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed.

But after some hours and after Dick Costolo's tweets, Twitter decided to released a statement in an attempt to address the report.

Specifically they stated:

"In response to today’s BuzzFeed story on safety, we were contacted just last night for comment and obviously had not seen any part of the story until we read it today. We feel there are inaccuracies in the details and unfair portrayals but rather than go back and forth with BuzzFeed, we are going to continue our work on making Twitter a safer place. There is a lot of work to do but please know we are committed, focused, and will have updates to share soon."


Petros Stathis