Twitter suspends 360,000 accounts for promoting terrorist acts

Twitter suspends 360,000 accounts for promoting terrorist acts

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Twitter Inc has shut down 360,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts since mid-2015, the company said in a blog post on Thursday.

Earlier this year, Twitter had announced that it suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 for "violating (our) longtime prohibition on violent threats and the promotion of terrorism". It announced in its blog on Thursday that it has suspended an additional 235,000 accounts
for violating the microblogging site's policy on promotional terrorism since February 2016.

Twitter also reported that it has become more active in dealing with cases spreading the ideology of hatred. "Daily suspensions are up over 80 percent since last year, with spikes in suspensions immediately following terrorist attacks. Our 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".

The site has also made it difficult for those suspended to immediately return to the platform, the team that reviews reports around the clock has been expanded.

The blog also reported that it is now employing better tools and language capabilities and also collaborating with other social platforms, sharing information and best practices for identifying terrorist content.