Twitter shuts down over 125k ISIS-linked accounts

New Delhi: Twitter in its recent blog-post gave new details about its efforts to prevent violent extremism on its platform.

“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” Twitter wrote in a blog.

Twitter clarified that it was stepping up its efforts to prevent terrorist acts. “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS,” it wrote.

It added that it has increased the size of the teams that review reports and reduced its response time to those reports.

The micro-blogging site explained that it was working with the law enforcement agencies “when appropriate”. It said that it had partnered with organizations like People Against Violent Extremism  (PAVE) and Institute for Strategic Dialogue “to empower credible non-governmental voices against violent extremism.”

It has also attended government-convened seminars on countering violent extremism hosted by the White House, the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, the UK government, the French Prime Minister, the European Commission, and the United Nations.

Noting that there is no “magic algorithm” for identifying terrorist content on the Internet, Twitter said that it would continue to aggressively enforce our Rules in this area and engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue.

News24 Bureau