Twitter suspends over 125,000 accounts for promoting terrorist acts since mid-2015, the social media site announced Friday.
“Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behaviour, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” Twitter said in a blog post.
ISIS is using social media network, including twitter, to influence and recruit people.
Since mid-2015, we have suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts. Read more here: https://t.co/FQJeOTtPLz
— Policy (@policy) February 5, 2016
Twitter explained in his post, that it has also increased the size of the teams that review reports, significantly reducing its response time. “We also look into other accounts similar to those reported and leverage proprietary spam-fighting tools to surface other potentially violating accounts for review by our agents,” it said. “We have already seen results, including an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of Twitter.”
Twitter has formed partnership with those organizations working to counter extremist content online.
According to the study released by Brooking Institution in March 2015, ISIS supporters operating around 45000 plus accounts on Twitter. As per this study, 1 out of 5 accounts have chosen English as their primary language.
According to Twitter, there is no magic algorithm that identifies the terror related material online, so online platforms are forced to take judgements based on available guidance and information. It might be possible that few accounts were suspended that had nothing to do with terrorism.