Washington: Twitter has suspended 2,35,000 accounts promoting terrorism on its platform since February this year, the social network said in a recent blog. In all likelihood, many of those accounts were those of Islamic State (IS) supporters. Spikes in suspension over the past year came immediately after terror attacks, and daily suspensions are up 80% since last year, says the blog.
In recent years, several accounts promoting terrorism, particularly IS, have used Twitter as platform. A Brookings Institution “Twitter census” of IS supporters found they used at least 46,000 accounts of the terror group between September and December 2014. American non-profit think tank RAND Corporation studied IS support networks on Twitter between July 2014 and May 2015. They found over 75,000 accounts tweeting IS messages about 60 times a day on average. That made them 50% more active than their online detractors.
“There is no one ‘magic algorithm’ for identifying terrorist content on the Internet. But we continue to utilize other forms of technology, like proprietary spam-fighting tools, to supplement reports from our users and help identify repeat account abuse,” the Twitter policy team said.