Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Twitter touts progress in curbing terrorist content

Twitter touts progress in curbing terrorist content

Abusive behavior was the top category resulting in Twitter accounts being shut down, according to the company.

The micro-blogging platform, however, did not remove any account or withhold any tweet as requested by the Indian government or court order (there were two requests by the courts in the January-June period). In its report, the company highlighted its own efforts in combatting terrorism-linked accounts citing that 95 percent of account suspensions were a result of their own tools and algorithms and that government requests for removals only accounted for less than one percent of resulting suspensions.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube pledged to build a shared database of digital fingerprints of extremist material of content removed from their services in the hope of making it more hard to share.

Altogether, Twitter has about 330 million daily active users and said it has suspended 935,897 accounts since August 2015.

Twitter said that fewer than 2 percent of accounts that were suspended were reported by governments around the world. The number of accounts flagged as promoting terrorism or violence by the software jumped 74 percent when compared to the last reporting period. First among the nations requesting content be taken down was Turkey, accounting for 45 percent of the requests.

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Although the total amount of requests from the USA has decreased from the end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017, it remains the top requester, submitting 33 percent of total government information requests. During the first half of this year, the company got 16,414 government reports of abusive behaviour involving 6,299 accounts.

The decline in account suspensions doesn't mean Twitter is doing less work.

For the cases in which Twitter disclosed some information, "we provided non-content information in 90 per cent of the cases and content information in 10 percent of the cases".

Twitter Inc. released a new transparency report Tuesday that reveals how busy it has been weeding out extremism on its platform.

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