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Since 2015, Twitter Has Suspended 1 Million Accounts For Terrorism Promotion

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| April 6 , 2018 , 11:00 IST

Micro-blogging site Twitter has suspended one million accounts on Thursday. All these accounts are those, where terrorism and terrorist activities were promoted.

Giving this information, Twitter said that since 2015, it has suspended 10 lakh accounts and there is no room for violence-related activities on its platform.

In its latest transparency report, Twitter said it suspended 274,460 accounts between July and December 2017 "for violations related to the promotion of terrorism."

However, compared to the previous report, this figure is 8.4 percent lower and is the second consecutive decline, a Twitter statement said.

"We continue to see the positive, significant impact of years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism, resulting in this type of activity increasingly shifting away from Twitter," said the Twitter public policy team.

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Twitter has faced pressure from governments of many countries to crack down on jihadists and others calling for violent attacks, while at the same time maintaining an open platform for free speech.

In the latest six-month reporting period, Twitter has said that 93 percent of the suspended accounts were flagged by internal proprietary tools and that 74 percent were cut off before their first tweet.

Twitter also used the report to express concerns about what it called "legal threats to freedom of expression" online in countries around the world.

"With the passage of new legislation and ongoing regulatory discussions taking place around the world about the future of public discourse online, we are seeing a potential chilling effect with regards to freedom of expression," the report said.