1.2 million terrorist accounts found on Twitter

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Twitter has said that more than 1.2 million accounts were suspended for content related to terrorist activities on the microblogging site since August 2015.

"Between August 1, 2015 till December 31, 2017, Twitter has suspended 1,210,357 accounts for violations related to the promotion of terrorism".

In its latest transparency report, Twitter said it suspended 274,460 accounts between July and December 2017 "for violations related to the promotion of terrorism". The company claimed that this was a direct result of the hard work they had put in to make their site a no-go zone for terrorist activities and those who intend to promote it through social media.

Of those accounts that were removed between July 1st and December 31st past year, 93 percent were flagged by Twitter's internal tools and algorithms.




The statement further said, "Government reports of violations related to the promotion of terrorism represent less than 0.2% of all suspensions in the most recent reporting period and reflect a 50% reduction in accounts reported compared to the previous reporting period".

In December 2017, we updated our in-product messaging about withheld content to more precisely explain the reason for withholding. As reported by CNET, the company has witnessed a steady decline over three separate reporting periods. It's now differentiating when content is being blocked due to a court order or because of local laws.

The company also used the report to express concerns about what it called "legal threats to freedom of expression" online in countries around the world. We are now expanding this section to include counties from the other top non-federal requesters: "Florida, Maryland, New York, and Virginia", it said.

Like other major tech companies, Twitter shares transparency reports to shed light on what kinds of content is on its network and why certain accounts were removed. The release of the report comes at an opportune time in light of the increased scrutiny of social media firms due to the spread of misinformation, hate content, and propaganda. As we explore how we can best measure the health of the public conversation, we will look for ways to provide transparency around any new public health metrics.

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