Twitter suspends more than 166,000 accounts for posting terrorism related content

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In its determination to tackle online terrorism, Twitter Thursday announced that it suspended 166,153 accounts in the second half of last year, about a fifth less than in the previous period.

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Twitter is under pressure from regulators and governments worldwide to remove extremist content as quick as possible or face more heavy-handed legislation.  The same warning was given to Facebook and Google by regulators and governments worldwide.

Announcing their latest compliance and transparency report, which was posted on their platform, Twitter said its technical tools were producing results. It says that 91 percent of accounts promoting terrorism content have been proactively suspended by its internal technology.

166,153 accounts were suspended by Twitter between July and December 2018 for promoting terrorism. It shows 39,003 (19%) decrease from 205,156 accounts suspended the previous six months.

“This sharp decrease is indicative of a larger trend we are now observing year-on-year the numbers of terrorist organizations attempting to use our service is reducing. This can be attributed to a robust technical approach that we’ve enhanced over many years. We are encouraged by these metrics but will remain vigilant”, Twitter’s vice president for public policy, Sinead McSweeney, said.


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