Published: Wed, March 22, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Platform Suspends More Than 636000 Extremist Users — Twitter Banned Accounts

Platform Suspends More Than 636000 Extremist Users — Twitter Banned Accounts

The figure represents more than a 60 percent increase in bans over the last six-month range that Twitter gave, between February and August 2016.

During the reporting period of July 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, a total of 376,890 accounts were suspended for violations related to promotion of terrorism. The company says that government requests only accounted for 2 percent of the account removals during the last six months of the year.

The report comes as Facebook and Google are wrestling with how to prevent objectionable content from their sites. Of the 376,890 accounts Twitter suspended for posting terrorism-related content, just two percent were suspended because of government requests to remove them from the platform.

The social network has strict rules against the promotion of violence on its service.

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"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.

But social media companies are also working together to combat violent extremism online. The U.S. topped the list of countries asking for account information, accounting for 38 percent of the 6,000 total requests received.

Twitter received almost 6,000 requests from governments and courts for account or tweet removals during the reporting period.

While we're excited to have reached our 10th report, there is still plenty of work to be done. Transparency will always be part of our DNA and we welcome your feedback.

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