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Twitter Suspends 125,000 ‘Terrorism’ Accounts

12 Feb 2016

Twitter has suspended more than 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts – most related to Islamic State.

The accounts have been shut down over the past eight months as social media firms respond to pressure from the US government for them to be more proactive.

Twitter has been using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts. 

Islamic State is known to use social media to radicalise and lure recruits, prompting Twitter to “significantly” increase the size of its reviewing team.

The company said it had already had seen “an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of Twitter”.

But it added there was no “magic algorithm” for identifying terrorist content.

“Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups,” Twitter said in a statement. 

“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism.”

The statement added that the company would continue to “engage with authorities and other relevant organisations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote powerful counter-speech narratives”.

Child pornography had previously been the only abuse that was automatically flagged by technology for human review.

- See more at: http://www.joydigitalmag.com/news/twitter-suspends-125000-terrorism-accounts/#sthash.eedMvz5q.dpuf

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