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Twitter bans 270000 accounts for 'promoting terrorism'

Twitter bans 270000 accounts for 'promoting terrorism'

Twitter says it has suspended 1.21 million accounts for the "promotion of terrorism" from 2015 to the end of 2017, a move it claims has made its social network an "undesirable place" for violent content. As reported by Engadget, Twitter has already deleted more than 1.2 million accounts since August of 2015.

Twitter also specifies that government reports of violations related to the promotion of terrorism represent less than 0.2% of all suspensions in the most recent reporting period - or 597 to be exact.

The figure is down by 8.4 per cent in comparison to the previous reporting period.

Of those accounts that were removed between July 1st and December 31st previous year, 93 percent were flagged by Twitter's internal tools and algorithms.

Approximately 274,460 accounts were suspended in the last six months of 2017 for violations related to promoting terrorism, Twitter said. It's now differentiating when content is being blocked due to a court order or because of local laws. As reported by CNET, the company has witnessed a steady decline over three separate reporting periods.

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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.

As regulators explore further potential restrictions, transparency is one of the most important ways we can continue to protect freedom of expression.

If a certain accounts violates Twitter's policies, the company can make certain media unavailable, place an account in read-only mode, by removing their ability to post tweets, retweet, or like content "until calmer heads prevail".

The announcement came as part of the company's 12th biannual Twitter Transparency Report. "This includes our practice of uploading actioned requests to withhold content to Lumen, an independent database that collects and analyzes removal requests for content online", and those requests would be available for public review.