Twitter Suspends 125,000 Accounts that Support ISIS Extremist Actions

Posted by at 3:18 pm on February 5, 2016

Twitter for Windows PhoneToday Twitter followed the lead set by Google and suspended 125,000 accounts connected to the Islamic State over the past six months.

This is the first time Twitter shared specifics on the number of accounts it has deleted.

Twitter said it has expanded its team to comb through suspect accounts and to root out automated accounts that publish extremist views to react more swiftly to terrorist content on the service.

Twitter has been heavily criticized for not more effectively policing the presence of the extremist group. Pressure has heated up from the Obama administration and presidential candidates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino County.

The Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — use popular Internet services such as Twitter and Facebook to spread propaganda and to attract and train new recruits. The extremist group has used Twitter to celebrate terrorist attacks and publicize executions.

Twitter says it does not permit tweets that promote terrorism or make violent threats. It relies on users to alert the company about violations to its policies.

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