Twitter shuts 377,000 'terrorism' accounts

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Twitter shuts 377,000 'terrorism' accounts

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Picture caption Twitter says it has suspended a complete of 636,248 accounts since mid-2015

Twitter says it shut almost 377,000 accounts for selling terrorism within the second half of final yr.

It represents an enormous improve on the final numbers given by the corporate, which coated from February to August 2016, though the info overlaps.

Twitter has confronted strain to do extra to cease teams corresponding to so-called Islamic State from utilizing its platform.

Final yr, MPs stated it had grow to be a "car of selection" for spreading extremist propaganda on the web.

In Twitter's latest transparency report - which covers the interval from 1 July to 31 December 2016 - it stated inner measures to deal with the difficulty had improved.

It stated that 74% of the accounts it had suspended had been "surfaced" by inner, proprietary spam-fighting instruments.

That compares with a 3rd in its earlier figures.

It additionally stated it had shut a complete of 636,248 accounts for selling terror since August 2015, when it first started monitoring numbers.

That's up from a complete of 355,000 reported final summer time.

'Recruiting platform'

In August final yr, the House Affairs Committee accused Twitter - alongside Fb and YouTube - of "consciously failing" to fight the promotion of terrorism and extremism on their websites.

The MPs additionally stated Twitter had develop into a "recruiting platform" for terrorism, and that its price of suspending accounts on the time was "a drop within the ocean".

Prof Tahir Abbas, a senior analysis fellow on the assume tank Rusi, informed the BBC: "Twitter is a strong instrument within the arms of those that would want to unfold worry and hate however, crucially, mobilise and allow individuals to hold out precise acts of terrorism.

"However it's heartening to know that each effort and success charges are enhancing."

He added: "That is particularly necessary, as it's clear that whereas there are takedowns of varied websites... there's a tendency for them to re-emerge elsewhere."

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