Twitter says it has so far suspended 300,000 accounts suspected of having links to terrorism. This is not the company’s first effort at making its platform free from trolls as the microblogging website intensifies effort to purge its service, and make it a safe place for all.
Twitter is believed to be under intense pressure from governments and activists around the world who want the microblogging company to do more in terms of purging its platform. Twitter, according Bloomberg, is improving its automation tools to help block accounts that promote extremism and violence.
According to Twitter, close to 300,000 accounts were suspended across the world in the first half of 2017. Of the total number of accounts suspended, 95 percent were identified by Twitter’s automation tools. The company through its transparency page said government data request continued to be on the rise. Twitter said it provided authorities with data on around 3,900 accounts between January and June 2017.
The microblogging website said roughly 75 percent of blocked accounts in 2017 were identified before a single tweet was sent. It stated further that the total number of accounts suspended since August 2015 to date stood at 935,897. However, the year 2016 recorded the highest amount of suspended accounts, with two-third of the total figure.
“Our anti-spam tools are getting faster, more efficient and smarter in how we take down accounts that violate our policy,” Twitter said in a statement, per Bloomberg.
Of the 83 countries that sent in their removal requests to Twitter, the US recorded the highest, with 2,111 requests. Countries like Japan and the UK made 1,384 and 606 requests respectively. Turkey as expected, made the list with 554 requests for both account data and issuing court orders to remove 715 pieces of content.
In July, Twitter said its anti-abuse measures have largely been effective. The company cited internal data to back its claim, and wants the world to know that its battle to end constant abuse on its network has not gone unrewarded.
While Twitter is proud of its achievement so far, the company is not shying away from the fact that it still has a lot of work to do to make its platform a safe place for all. Ed Ho, Twitter’s General Manager, Consumer Product and Engineering said last July that the company will continue to do more to address all issues related to harassment:
“We promised to do more with our technology. We’re now taking action on 10x the number of abusive accounts every day compared to the same time last year. We also now limit account functionality or place suspensions on thousands more abusive accounts each day.”
One of the biggest challenges being faced by Twitter in its effort at curbing harassment on its network is that which has to do with repeat offenders. However, the company in a blog post on Friday said its new system has been able to remove such accounts in the last couple of months.
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