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Twitter Suspends Nearly 377,000 Accounts Linked To Terrorism

March 22, 2017

Twitter has suspended 376,890 accounts in the final six months of 2016 that promoted terrorism, the company announced Tuesday in their latest transparency report.

The effort to crack down on terrorism on their social platform has increased dramatically as they had only suspended roughly 125,000 accounts between mid 2015 and February 2016.

Of the 376,890 accounts Twitter suspended during the second half of 2016 for promoting terrorism, less than 2 percent came from government requests to remove data. Roughly 74% “consisted of accounts surfaced by internal, proprietary spam-fighting tools,” the report said.

In total, 636,280 accounts were suspended for promoting terrorism since August 2015.

Twitter first said in 2015 that they would be combatting terrorism on their platform. In February 2016, they announced that they would be doubling their efforts by introducing multiple initiatives such as having an expanded team that would review reports of suspicious accounts, collaborating with other social media platforms to identify terrorist-related content, and attending government-sponsored summits.