The famous social media app company Twitter has announced on Tuesday that it has suspended almost 377,000 Twitter accounts, the last six months alone. for promoting terrorism. The software reportedly determines a terrorism related account through how it behaves, rather than what it posts, saying the accounts have "distinctive behavior".
Twitter's attempt to crack down on users who promote terrorism and extremist views resulted in the suspension of 376,890 accounts in the second half of 2016, according to the company's latest transparency report.
To expand on our past blog posts (from February 5 and August 18, 2016), we have suspended a total of 636,248 accounts in the period of August 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016.
Seventy-four percent were identified by proprietary Twitter technology, which automatically scans accounts.
This comes as the company claims to step up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform.
"As we continue to push for more transparency in how we can speak about national security requests, we will update this new section in future transparency reports", Twitter said. The company posted all of the court orders on the online database Lumen, which also studies such legal orders. For example, in our global information requests report, we now break out the number of emergency disclosure requests and preservation requests we receive by country.
While we're excited to have reached our 10th report, there is still plenty of work to be done.