Twitter Says It Has Taken Down 125,000 Terrorist Tweeters

The social network Twitter said it has suspended roughly 125,000 accounts linked to terrorists or their supporters since the middle of 2015

Feb 06, 2016 at 8:22 AM ET

Twitter has since the middle of last year suspended approximately 125,000 accounts for promoting terrorism and violence, most of which were linked to supporters of the brutal extremist organization ISIS, it announced Friday.

“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,” the company said in a statement. “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area.”

Twitter said that it has bolstered its teams that review reports of activity by terrorists and their supporters on the network while also looking into other accounts that are similar in nature to those initially reported. Twitter also said that it cooperates with law enforcement agencies and other organizations to block terrorist activity on its website. To that end, the company said it has seen an uptick in account suspensions as well as a downtick in extremist actions on its website.

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However, Twitter noted that it faces challenges in identifying these types of accounts, saying there is no “magic algorithm” for spotlighting terrorist content on the internet.

“In spite of these challenges, we will continue to aggressively enforce our rules in this area, and engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote power counter-speech narratives,” the company said.

As Vocativ has previously reported, Anonymous-affiliated hacktivists have taken on the fight against ISIS on Twitter—rooting out ISIS-affiliated accounts and reporting them—saying Twitter’s response to ISIS supporter accounts is too slow and inconsistent to be effective. Last month, Tamara Fields, a Florida woman whose husband died in a November 9 attack in Amman, filed a lawsuit against Twitter, accusing it of allowing terror recruitment and propaganda to proliferate on its platform.