Twitter shuts down over 125,000 terrorist accounts

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In an effort to combat violent extremism,Twitter said it has suspended 125,000 accounts linked to the Islamic State terror group since the middle of 2015.

“Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” Twitter said in a blog post.

“As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to IS,” the post added.

In the recent past, Twitter has partnered with organisations working to counter extremist content online globally.

“We partnered with People Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to empower credible non-governmental voices against violent extremism. We also attended summits hosted by the White House, the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, the UK government, the French Prime Minister, the European Commission, and the United Nations,” the blog posts said.

Twitter also highlighted its cooperation with law enforcement, citing comments made by FBI Director James Comey last year..

The social media network, based in this U.S. west coast city with more than 500 million users worldwide, said in a tweet that its policy does not permit the use of Twitter to promote terrorism.

According to a report released in 2015 by Brookings Institution, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, the IS had at least 46,000 active Twitter accounts over a three-month period in 2014.

Islamic State, which controls last swathes of Iraq and Syria, has heavily relied on the 300 million-person site, as well as others, to recruit fighters and propagate violent messages

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