Twitter has removed over 1.2 million accounts for promoting terrorism

Twitter claims more progress on squeezing terrorist content

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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.

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

Twitter just released its biannual Transparency Report to the public, which apparently showed an interesting statistic regarding the number of accounts they had already removed from the platform.

Of those accounts that were removed between July 1st and December 31st a year ago, 93 percent were flagged by Twitter's internal tools and algorithms. In the second half of 2017, the company suspended a total of 274,460 accounts, which is about 8.4 percent lower than the number of accounts it had deleted during the first half of the same year.

In extreme scenarios, Twitter may permanently suspend an account from global view, or the violator will not be allowed to create a new account. Subsequently, we began to differentiate between legal demands (e.g., court orders) and reports based on local law (s) (e.g., reports alleging the illegality of content in a particular country). Government reports of violations are still on the decline. We are now expanding this section to include counties from the other top non-federal requesters: "Florida, Maryland, New York, and Virginia", it said.

And in December a Twitter policy staffer was roasted by UK MPs during a select committee session after the company was again shown failing to remove violent, threatening and racist tweets - which committee staffers had reported months earlier in that case.

It cited a Human Rights Watch report suggesting that "governments around the world (are) increasingly look to restrict online speech by forcing social media companies to act as their censors". "Lumen serves as a critical transparency resource as more freedom of expression comes under fire, by making such requests available for public review", said Twitter. Last September, Twitter reported that government-originating reports accounted for less than one percent of removals.

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