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Twitter Suspends Thousands ISIS Accounts

Twitter Suspends Thousands ISIS Accounts

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) is keeping up the fight against terrorist organizations like ISIS that exploit the social media platform to recruit new members and spread extremist messages of violence.

On Thursday, Twitter provided an update in a blog post on its efforts since communicating in February that it suspended more than 125,000 accounts for posting violent threats and promoting terrorism.

Continued Efforts

Twitter stated that since February, it has suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating its policies, bringing the total number of suspensions to 36,000 since the middle of 2015.

Daily suspensions are now higher by more than 80 percent year-over-year, and the company now claims its response time in banning terrorist supporting accounts has "decreased dramatically."

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"We have also made progress in disrupting the ability of those suspended to immediately return to the platform," Twitter added. "We have expanded the teams that review reports around the clock, along with their tools and language capabilities. We also collaborate with other social platforms, sharing information and best practices for identifying terrorist content."

However, Twitter acknowledged there is no single "magic algorithm for identifying terrorist content" on the internet, but it is making use of new forms of technology to identify abuse and take action.

Finally, Twitter said it will regularly update the community on its initiatives to combat the spread of terrorism online as part of its Transparency Report beginning in 2017.

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