Micro-blogging website Twitter has blocked more than six lakh terror-related accounts in last one and a half years, media reported. According to a report in CNET on Tuesday that quoted Twitter’s ‘Transparency Report’, the micro-blogging site has suspended a total of 636,248 terror-related accounts since August 1, 2015. In the last six months of 2016, Twitter suspended 376,890 accounts for promoting terrorism. Also Read - Twitter vs Koo: Nigeria government joins India's Koo app after Twitter’s ban in the countryAlso Read - Twitter seeks more time to comply with new rules in response to “one last notice”
Twitter had announced the blocking of more than 125,000 accounts earlier in 2016 which were primarily related to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. In addition to the account suspensions, Twitter’s global Public Policy team has expanded its partnerships with organizations working to counter violent extremism (CVE) online.
As many experts and other companies have noted, there is no “magic algorithm” for identifying terrorist content on the internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgment calls based on very limited information and guidance. Twitter has also been working with groups like People Against Violent Extremism and the Lumen project to curb use of the platform for promoting terrorism, racism and separatism. Twitter has charted out rules against the promotion of violence. ALSO READ: Twitter cracks down on abusive users, to mute accounts with eggs
One of the rules specifically talks about terrorism, saying: “You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.” ALSO READ: Twitter announces new measures to tackle abuse and hate