Twitter announced that since mid-2015 it has suspended over 125,000 accounts involved in promoting violent content.
The social media giant Twitter has claimed to suspend over 125,000 ISIS accounts since mid-2015. The reason is quite simply that all the accounts in question were found violating Twitter rules and spreading hate plus terrorism-related content.
On its official blog, Twitter vowed to keep on fighting against accounts that promote violent ideology. Remember, in January 2015, Twitter was sued by the widow of an American killed in Jordan who accuses the social media company of giving a voice to Islamic State, adding to the pressure to crack down on online propaganda linked to terrorism.
Though it is unclear, the latest blog post could be an explanation simply to cool down the situation amid the lawsuit.
We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service.
Since mid-2015, we have suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts. Read more here: https://t.co/FQJeOTtPLz
— Policy (@policy) February 5, 2016
Twitter also revealed that in order to assure quick response and review of spam and terrorism-related accounts the company has increased its team that review reports. That’s not all, Twitter is also cooperating with the law enforcement agencies like the FBI and organizations working to counter extremist content online.
While Twitter is deleting ISIS related accounts the online hacktivist Anonymous group is not far behind. In 2015, the hacktivists claimed to report and shut down 26,000 ISIS accounts on Twitter and pages on Facebook.
Anonymous Reveals 26,000+ Twitter Handles Allegedly having Links with ISIS https://t.co/qMHFv8HHvn @HLN_BE @Knack @destandaard @demorgen
— AnonymousBelgium (@AnonymousBelgie) April 2, 2015
#OpISIS: #Anonymous crushes 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages of #ISIS supporters | http://t.co/Twd4KlGp5X
— Hackread.com (@HackRead) February 11, 2015
To learn how to report an account to Twitter click here.