Twitter suspends 1 million accounts over 'terrorism promotion'

Twitter suspends 1 million accounts over 'terrorism promotion'

Twitter suspends 1 million accounts over 'terrorism promotion'

Twitter has suspended over 1.1 million accounts in the last two years, for promoting terrorism.

Twitter says it has suspended 1.21 million accounts for the "promotion of terrorism" from 2015 to the end of 2017, a move it claims has made its social network an "undesirable place" for violent content.

Even though Twitter axed a sizable number of accounts, the sum is still down 8.4% from the previous reporting period.

According to the statement, Twitter suspended 1,210,357 accounts between August 2015 and December 2017 for "violations related to the promotion of terrorism".

Nearly 75% of accounts were suspended before they sent their first tweet, according to the report, and 93% were discovered by tools that Twitter engineers had built.

Nick Pickles, Twitter UK's head of public policy, said: "The overwhelming majority of these accounts were detected by our own technology, with just 0.2% of the accounts we suspended in 2017 being flagged by the police".

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As with its prior transparency report, a far larger number of Twitter accounts are being reported by governments for "abusive behavior" - which refers to long-standing problems on Twitter's platform such as hate speech, racism, misogyny and trolling. Twitter is proud of our industry-leading policies regarding transparency about content restrictions. Last September, Twitter reported that government-originating reports accounted for less than one percent of removals.

That's still up on the prior reporting period, though, when it reported actioning a paltry 12% of these type of reports.

Twitter has doubled down on the spread of extremist content on its platform.

Twitter also used the report to express concerns about what it called "legal threats to freedom of expression" online in countries around the world.

So political pressure remains especially high on that front.

This is an interesting shift on the mix from the last reported period when Twitter said content was removed for: harassment (37%), hateful conduct (35%), and impersonation (13%). Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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