Twitter Suspends 360k Accounts Linked To Terrorist Activities

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 19, 2016

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Twitter has suspended 360,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts since middle of 2015 as the company reported in the blog post.

Twitter said that earlier this year, it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 for “violating longtime prohibition on violent threats and the promotion of terrorism and shared a number of steps to combat such content. 

Since then, the world has witnessed a further wave of deadly, abhorrent terror attacks across the globe. We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform” the blog post said.

Twitter has previously come under fire from Washington and third-party groups for not doing enough to stop accounts linked to Islamic State militants. But, since February, it has suspended an additional 235,000 accounts, after halting 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were related to Islamic State.

Twitter said “Daily suspensions are up over 80 per cent since last year, with spikes in suspensions immediately following terrorist attacks.”

Twitter’s response time for suspending reported accounts, the amount of time these accounts are on Twitter, and the number of followers they accumulate have all decreased dramatically.

Watchdog groups praised Twitter’s swift response to online celebrations from Islamic extremists glorifying a July truck attack in Nice, France, that killed more than 80 people as reported ET.

The company relies primarily on user reports to identify offending accounts, and said it has increased the size of the team reviewing reports.

The Blog post revealed that “other companies and experts have also noted, there is no one “magic algorithm” for identifying terrorist content on the Internet. But we continue to utilize other forms of technology, like proprietary spam-fighting tools, to supplement reports from our users and help identify repeat account abuse.”

In fact, over the past six months the tools have helped twitter to automatically identify more than one third of the accounts which are suspended for promoting terrorism.

The micro-blogging site assures that it will continue to invest in both technology and other resources in the future to update progress regularly as part of our Transparency Report, beginning in 2017.

“Our work is not done,” the blog post said, adding: “Our efforts continue to drive meaningful results, including a significant shift in this type of activity off of Twitter.”