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Terrorism: Twitter suspends 1million accounts

Twitter says it has suspended over one million accounts for “promotion of terrorism” since 2015, claiming its efforts have begun to make the platform “an undesirable place” to call for violence.

In its latest transparency report on Thursday, the company said it suspended 274,460 accounts between July and December 2017 “for violations related to the promotion of terrorism.”

The company’s biannual transparency report comes amid increasing scrutiny on social networks for the ability they give trolls and foreign government agencies to spread hate, misinformation and propaganda. Twitter has vowed to do better, and has sought the public’s input on how to fix the toxic environment.

The figure is down 8.4 per cent from the previous reporting period and is the second consecutive decline, a Twitter statement said.

“We continue to see the positive, significant impact of years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism, resulting in this type of activity increasingly shifting away from Twitter,” the company said.

Twitter said that 93 percent of the suspended accounts from the back half of 2017 were flagged by internal, proprietary tools, and nearly three-quarters were suspended before their first tweet.

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