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Twitter has a new head of policy communications from the National Security Council

Emily Horne is joining Twitter to oversee policy comms, including user safety.


Twitter has hired Emily Horne, most recently the assistant press secretary for the National Security Council, as its new communications director to handle policy and user safety issues.

Horne will oversee Twitter’s messaging and communications for all things related to Twitter policy, including issues of abuse, hate speech and user privacy. As part of the NSC, Horne handled messaging around anti-ISIL counterterrorism initiatives, and regularly briefed top government security officials, according to her LinkedIn page.

The policy comms role is an important one for Twitter, which has made a public showing in the past of booting terrorist-related accounts from its service. Comms deals with censorship issues with foreign governments and also walks a fine line between allowing free speech and allowing hate speech. Historically, the company has done a poor job of explaining why certain accounts are allowed to stay active while others are suspended or deleted altogether.

And all of that was before Twitter became the microphone of choice for President Donald Trump.

She’ll start at Twitter on June 19. Her new title will be global policy communications director, and she’ll report to Twitter’s senior director of comms Kristin Binns.

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