New Delhi, Apr 6: Twitter has suspended over 1.1 million accounts in the last two years, for promoting terrorism. The social media giant announced on Thursday that of the total, over 2,74,000 accounts have been suspended in the last six months of 2017, during July 1 till December 31.
Twitter in a blog, said, “This is down 8.4% from the volume shared in the previous reporting period and is the second consecutive reporting period in which we’ve seen a drop in the number of accounts being suspended for this reason.”
“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 micro-blogging site added.
Between August 1, 2015 till December 31, 2017, Twitter has suspended 1,210,357 accounts for violations related to the promotion of terrorism. ” Of those 274,460 accounts suspended in the last reporting period, 93% were flagged by internal, proprietary tools, and 74% of those accounts were suspended before their first Tweet,” the blog further read.
The company also used the report to express concerns about what it called “legal threats to freedom of expression” online in countries around the world.
“In our last Transparency Report, we introduced a breakdown of non-federal information requests from California at the county level. We are now expanding this section to include counties from the other top non-federal requesters: Florida, Maryland, New York, and Virginia,” it said.