Twitter Boosts Suspensions of Accounts Used to Back Terrorism

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By Alexis Kramer

Aug. 18 — Twitter Inc. has suspended 235,000 accounts in the past six months for violating its rules against promoting terrorism, the social network said Aug. 18.

Twitter's response time for suspending reported accounts has decreased dramatically since last year, it said in a blog post. Daily suspensions have increased by 80 percent, it said.

The announcement came a week after a federal district court held Twitter couldn't be liable under federal law for allegedly allowing the Islamic State group—known as ISIS—to use its social network (21 ECLR 32, 8/17/16). Despite not being legally obligated to suspend accounts, Twitter says it remains “committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism” on its platform.

Twitter said it intends to update its progress regularly as part of its biannual transparency report, which provides information on government requests for user data and content removal.

The social network said it continues to work with law enforcement entities seeking assistance in preventing or prosecuting terrorist attacks.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alexis Kramer in Washington at akramer@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bna.com

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