Twitter continuing to combat violent extremism

The social media giant has published a progress report

Earlier this year, Twitter announced it had suspended more than 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 for violating their longtime probation on violent threats and the promotion of terrorism. The company has today published an update on this process. 

The company posted an update on their blog this afternoon.  

"While our work is not done, today we are announcing that we have suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating our policies related to promotion of terrorism in the six months since our February 2016 post. This brings our overall number of suspensions to 360,000 since the middle of 2015. As noted by numerous third parties, our efforts continue to drive meaningful results, including a significant shift in this type of activity off of Twitter."

The post continued to detail how daily suspensions are up over 80% on last year, with spikes in suspensions immediately following terrorist attacks. 

"Our response time for suspending reported accounts, the amount of time these accounts are on Twitter, and the number of followers they accumulate have all decreased dramatically. We have also made progress in disrupting the ability of those suspended to immediately return to the platform. We have expanded the teams that review reports around the clock, along with their tools and language capabilities. We also collaborate with other social platforms, sharing information and best practices for identifying terrorist content."

They say they will continue to work with law enforcement bodies seeking assistance with investigations to prevent or prosecute terror attacks.