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August 19, 2016

Twitter Has Suspended 360,000 Accounts

Past Year Has Seen Many Accounts Suspended Due to Terrorism Promotion

The war on terrorism isn’t just taking place on the ground, it’s also happening in cyberspace.

twitter-bird-white-on-blueThat war includes Twitter which, the social network reported Thursday, has suspended 360,000 accounts in the past year. Those accounts were suspended for promoting terrorism.

“As noted by numerous third parties, our efforts continue to drive meaningful results, including a significant shift in this type of activity off of Twitter,” the company stated in a blog post.

Twitter reported an 80 percent jump in daily suspensions since last year with spikes in suspension following the trend of terrorist attacks. The suspensions seem to come heaviest immediately following attacks and the company’s response time for suspending reported accounts, the amount of time the accounts are on Twitter and the followers such accounts accumulate have all decreased.

“We have also made progress in disrupting the ability of those suspended to immediately return to the platform. We have expanded the teams that review reports around the clock, along with their tools and language capabilities. We also collaborate with other social platforms, sharing information and best practices for identifying terrorist content,” the post explained.

Twitter further explained it is working in conjunction with outside agencies to empower non-government, credible voices against extremism.

In addition, the network continues its co-operation with law enforcement agencies to assist in investigations to prevent or prosecute terrorist attacks.


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W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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