By Chris Ciaccia, ,
Published October 31, 2017
At a time when Twitter is trying to curb trolling and incendiary use of its platform, its logged-out homepage features one of its users attacking model Chrissy Teigen.
First spotted by user Chris Messina (himself a former employee at both Google and Uber), the image shows a Twitter user @Amir_Hali calling Tiegen "a wh**e" in response to one of her tweets.
Below is a screenshot of the logged-out homepage.
Fox News has reached out to Twitter for comment for this story. Teigen's reps were looking into the matter when contacted by Fox News.
Twitter has come under attack for abuse on its platform, with the company actively trying to curtail it, to mixed results. In 2016, companies such as Salesforce.com and Disney looked at acquiring the Jack Dorsey-led company, only to call off the attempts, due in part to the abuse on the platform.
The abuse has been cited by experts as one of the reasons it was not purchased. Former New York Times editor Quentin Hardy said he spoke to Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff about the trolling issue, and he confirmed that trolls were part of the reason Salesforce dropped its bid.
In November 2016, the company wrote a blog post, detailing some of the progress it has made in curtailing online abuse.
In the post, Twitter explained that it was expanding its mute function, which lets users mute accounts they don’t want to see tweets from, to muting keywords, phrases, and even entire conversations.
It also put a spotlight on its hateful conduct policy, which "prohibits specific conduct that targets people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease."
Lastly, the company said it had retrained its support teams on its policies, "including special sessions on cultural and historical contextualization of hateful conduct, and implemented an ongoing refresher program," while improving internal tools to deal with abuse in a more effective manner.
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