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September 20, 2017

Twitter Axes 299,0000 Accounts Linked to Terrorism in 2017

Twitter shutdown 299,649 accounts linked to terrorism during the first half of 2017, the microblogging site said in its latest transparency report.

Published Tuesday, the report indicated 95 percent of the suspended accounts were identified as a result of Twitter’s own internal efforts with 75 percent of these accounts suspended before a tweet could even be posted.

“We have suspended a total of 935,897 accounts for the promotion of terrorism in the period of Aug. 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017,” Twitter said in a blog post.

Transparency

As usual, government requests for user data played a prominent role in the report.

Twitter received six percent more global government requests for account information in the first half of 2017, although the requests actually impacted fewer accounts than in the previous period.

The social networking firm also received approximately 10 percent more global legal requests to remove content impacting approximately 12 percent more accounts compared to the previous reporting period. Requests came from nine new countries: Bahrain, China, Croatia, Finland, Nepal, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Ukraine, and Uruguay.

Twitter has also expanded its U.S. country report with a breakdown of California state information requests at the county level. It plans to introduce this section to other states in future reports.

“Providing this increased level of granularity should further help our users get a better idea of how frequently their local authorities seek user account information,” Twitter said.


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