Twitter Suspends 125,000 ‘Terrorism’ Accounts

February 6, 2016

Twitter has suspended more than 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts – most related to Islamic State.

The accounts have been shut down over the past eight months as social media firms respond to pressure from the US government for them to be more proactive.

Twitter has been using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts.

Islamic State is known to use social media to radicalise and lure recruits, prompting Twitter to “significantly” increase the size of its reviewing team.

The company said it had already had seen “an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of Twitter”.

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