Online Warfare, Twitter Remove Hundreds of Thousands of Terror Accounts

Twitter announced that it has removed 376,890 accounts on its platform promoting terrorism between July and December of 2016.

Further Twitter in its latest transparency report revealed that, a total of 636,248 accounts have been removed since 1 August 2015.

Seventy-four percent were identified by proprietary Twitter technology, which automatically scans accounts with another small percentage being requests from governments.

Twitter has become a breeding platform where jihadist groups have turned to for recruitments and for spreading their propaganda.

Majority were removed by automated technology, which is the latest Twitter’s own anti-spam technology that is analyzing how accounts behave rather what it is posted. Accounts promoting terrorism exhibit a “distinctive behaviour”.

The report comes as social media companies come under increased scrutiny over how they police their platforms. Also Facebook and Google have come under pressure on increased jihadist content on their channels.


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