by Rachel Ogbu
Twitter has taken drastic measure to tackle extremism by suspending more than 125,000 accounts it believes has “threatened or promoted terrorist acts” especially to the Islamic State (Isis).
The micro-blogging site said it has increased the size of its team that reviews reports including spam-fighting tools to uncover violating accounts for further review.
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” says Twitter.
“As an open platform for expression, we have always sought to strike a balance between the enforcement of our own Twitter Rules covering prohibited behaviors, the legitimate needs of law enforcement, and the ability of users to share their views freely – including views that some people may disagree with or find offensive,” notes Twitter in a blog posting.
According to a BBC report, a 2014 study showed that about 46,000 accounts had been used to post extremist content and the figure went up within a year.