Twitter Says It Has Suspended 1 Million Accounts for ‘Terrorism Promotion’ Since 2015
Twitter mentioned Thursday it has suspended over a million accounts for “promotion of terrorism” since 2015, claiming its efforts have begun to make the platform “an undesirable place” to name for violence.
In its newest transparency report, Twitter mentioned it suspended 274,460 accounts between July and December 2017 “for violations associated to the promotion of terrorism.”
The determine is down eight.four % from the earlier reporting interval and is the second consecutive decline, a Twitter statement mentioned.
“We proceed to see the optimistic, vital influence of years of arduous work making our website an undesirable place for these in search of to advertise terrorism, leading to such a exercise more and more shifting away from Twitter,” mentioned the assertion from the messaging platform’s public coverage crew.
Twitter has confronted stress from governments around the globe to crack down on jihadists and others calling for violent assaults, whereas on the identical time sustaining an open platform without spending a dime speech.
Within the newest six-month reporting interval, Twitter mentioned 93 % of the suspended accounts had been “flagged by inner, proprietary instruments,” and that 74 % had been reduce off earlier than their first tweet.
It mentioned authorities stories of violations associated to the promotion of terrorism symbolize lower than zero.2 % of all suspensions within the interval.
Twitter additionally used the report to precise issues about what it known as “authorized threats to freedom of expression” on-line in nations around the globe.
“With the passage of latest laws and ongoing regulatory discussions happening around the globe about the way forward for public discourse on-line, we’re seeing a possible chilling impact close to freedom of expression,” the report mentioned.
It cited a Human Rights Watch report suggesting that “governments around the globe (are) more and more look to limit on-line speech by forcing social media corporations to behave as their censors.”