Twitter Suspends Nearly a Million Accounts Affiliated to Terrorists


Twitter has suspended a total of 935,897 accounts linked to terrorism between August 1, 2015 and and June 30, 2017 - Twitters said in its latest transparency report.

  According to information provided in the transparency report, Twitter suspended a total of 299.649 accounts linked to terrorism in the first 6 months of 2017, marking a 20% decrease compared to the previous 6 months. 75% of the violating accounts were suspended before their first tweet.

 The report explained that the suspended accounts included those "accounts that actively incite or promote violence associated with internationally recognized terrorist organizations, promote internationally recognized terrorist organizations, and accounts attempting to evade prior enforcement."

Twitter revealed that 95% of the suspended accounts were the result of internal efforts while governments accounted for less than 1% suspension of accounts which only amounted to 338 reports pointed towards 1,200 accounts. This also accounts for only 2% of reports which sums up to 16,818 of reports received from governments around the world in the 6 months period.

The US made 211 demands for 4,594 accounts which is down by 8 percent year-over-year, while the UK made 606 demands for data on 819 accounts, which went down by 11% compared to the previous time.

"Twitter's continued commitment to eliminate such activity from our platform has resulted in an 80% reduction in accounts reported by governments compared to the previous reporting period of July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016," Twitter said.

 The Social Media company said that the suspended accounts were identified using tools designed to identify and block spam.

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