Twitter is making progress over terrorist content; removes 1.2 million accounts

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Twitter’s hammer has come down hard on 1.2 million accounts for terrorist-related content. This information is contained in the company’s latest Transparency Report. Since 2015, over 1.2 million accounts have been suspended by the microblogging company over issues that bother on terrorist content on its platform.

The period in question is between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The report showed that 274,460 accounts were permanently suspended for violating its policy on promotion of terrorism, Twitter explained in a blog post on Thursday:

“During the reporting period of July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, a total of 274,460 accounts were permanently suspended for violations related to the promotion of terrorism. This is down 8.4% from the volume shared in the previous reporting period and is the second consecutive reporting period in which we’ve seen a drop in the number of accounts being suspended for this reason. We continue to see the positive, significant impact of years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism, resulting in this type of activity increasingly shifting away from Twitter.”

It is obvious from the above statement that the company is making significant progress in its fight against terrorist content on its platform.

Of the 274,460 accounts suspended in the last reporting period, 93 percent according to Twitter were flagged by internal, propriety tools, while 74 percent of those accounts were suspended before the first tweet.

Maybe more still needs to be done by Twitter, but no one can deny the fact that the microblogging company is doing all it can to stamp out terrorism from its platform. Just last December, the company began enforcing its new anti-abuse rules by suspending the accounts of leader and deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group.

The suspension is Twitter’s latest attempt at combatting abuse on its platform. The issue of constant harassment on Twitter has been on for a while, and has led to the introduction of several rules in the past just to curb the menace.

Last October, the microblogging company rolled out stricter rules to fight hateful and abusive tweets. The company didn’t actually roll out new rules, but only amended and strengthened existing ones to encourage a safer platform for all.

At the start of March, The European Union ordered Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove terrorist content within an hour of being notified of its presence.

While several platforms have been removing more illegal content than ever before – showing that self-regulation can work – we still need to react faster against terrorist propaganda and other illegal content which is a serious threat to our citizens’ security, safety and fundamental rights,” said Andrus Ansip, vice president for the digital single market in a statement, per Mercury News.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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