Twitter, the social media giant in its recent statement announced that the company has suspended 235,000 accounts over the period of six months due to violation of policies set by the company. The overall number of accounts suspended by the company in the span of one year has risen to 360,000. The company stated that these accounts were suspended because they promoted extremism and terrorism.
Twitter has stated that the number of daily suspensions of accounts has risen by a staggering 80% from last year. The company further reported that these suspensions peak after terror attacks because that is when extremists take to social networking sites to revel in their success.
Twitter and other social media networks were in the limelight due to criticism after the terror attacks that occurred in Paris and San Bernardino. Tech analysts and government officials including the Obama administration were of the opinion that social networking does not adequately police their platforms for content that promotes extremism and intolerance.
On Thursday, Twitter mentioned in their blog post that they are working hard to root out extremists and their ability to quickly create replacement accounts. The company said that they are also expanding the teams that review users who violate the terms and conditions of Twitter usage. Further, Twitter also stated that these teams work throughout the day.
Furthermore, Twitter also rolled out new tools which were aimed at reducing harassment; a problem that was contributing to stagnant user growth. Recently, a quality filter was rolled out which allows users to hide tweets that seem to be automated. Another tool allows users to narrow down their notifications to only be pushed by people that they are following.
The company also stated that in order to combat with these groups, the company has been using its own spam-filtering tools. This has reduced the active time these users have on the network while also lowering the number of followers they gain.
Many security analysts believe that the presence of ISIS has diminished considerably (approximately 90%) from 2014. They believe due to the immense pressure from Twitter, such terror groups have shifted towards encrypted messaging services in order to promote their propaganda.