Twitter suspends one million accounts for ‘terrorism promo’

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By AFP|Last Updated: 05th April 2018 09:33 PM

WASHINGTON: Twitter said Thursday it has actually suspended over one million accounts for “promotion of terrorism” because 2015, declaring its efforts have actually started to make the platform “an unwanted place” to call for violence.

In its newest transparency report, Twitter stated it suspended 274,460 accounts in between July and December 2017 “for offenses connected to the promotion of terrorism.”

The figure is down 8.4 percent from the previous reporting period and is the 2nd consecutive decline, a Twitter declaration stated.

” We continue to see the favorable, significant impact of years of hard work making our website an unfavorable location for those seeking to promote terrorism, resulting in this type of activity progressively moving far from Twitter,” said the declaration from the messaging platform’s public law group.

Twitter has faced pressure from governments all over the world to punish jihadists and others requiring violent attacks, while at the same time keeping an open platform for free speech.

In the latest six-month reporting period, Twitter stated 93 percent of the suspended accounts were “flagged by internal, proprietary tools,” and that 74 percent were cut off before their first tweet.

It stated government reports of infractions related to the promotion of terrorism represent less than 0.2 percent of all suspensions in the period.

Twitter also used the report to reveal concerns about exactly what it called “legal risks to freedom of expression” online in countries worldwide.

” With the passage of new legislation and continuous regulatory discussions happening around the world about the future of public discourse online, we are seeing a potential chilling result with regards to freedom of expression,” the report said.

It pointed out Human Rights Watch report recommending, “Governments around the world (are) progressively seek to limit online speech by forcing social networks companies to act as their censors.”