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Twitter Has Suspended 360,000 Accounts Over Violent Extremism Since the Middle of 2015

Earlier this year, Micro-blogging website, Twitter Inc. announced they had suspended more than 125,000 accounts for violating their longtime prohibition on violent threats and the promotion of terrorism.

“We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform,” the company writes in a blog posts.

The micro-blogging site on Thursday went ahead to suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating their policies related to promotion of terrorism in the six months. This brings it to an overall number of suspensions to 360,000 since the middle of 2015.

The San Francisco-based company said in a blog post that it has also made progress in preventing users who were suspended from immediately returning to the platform using different accounts, which has been a problem in the past.

It said its rate of daily suspensions is up 80% since last year, though it did not provide specific numbers. The suspensions spike immediately following terrorist attacks, it said.

Twitter noted that there is no magic formula for identifying extremist accounts. Like other social media companies, it uses a variety of tools, including spam-fighting technology, automatic identification as well as reports from users, to help combat abuse.[related-posts]

The report on its efforts come after Twitter has been criticized for not doing enough to keep extremist groups like Islamic State from using the short-messaging service to crowd source supporters and potential attackers.

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