Since the United States and other governments urged social networks to take more aggressive steps to root out activity aimed at recruiting and planning violent acts, Twitter in its own way have crippled the efforts of terrorists. According to the micro-blogging service provider, over 125,000 accounts most of which are linked to the Islamic State Group have been suspended. “Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.” They said.
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.
This is a necessary step taken by the company especially with the increasing criticism it’s facing in Washington for the perceived presence of ISIS-friendly Twitter accounts. Currently the company is also facing a lawsuit from a woman who lost her husband in an ISIS-linked account in Jordan, she seeks to hold Twitter financially responsible for the group’s rise to power.
Twitter has urged the public that identifying terrorist content on the internet requires time in a statement;
“As many experts and other companies have noted, there is no ‘magic algorithm’ for identifying terrorist content on the Internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgment calls based on very limited information and guidance,” Twitter said.
“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 viable solutions to eradicate terrorist content from the Internet and promote powerful counter-speech narratives.”
The war against terrorism in social media so far has shown positive result, previously Ghost Security Group discovered an App used by ISIS to send encrypted messages. They have also managed to removed around 57,000 ISIS social media accounts used for recruitment and propaganda purposes.
Twitter was created and launched in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass. It is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS or mobile device app. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with more than 100 million users posting 340 million tweets a day in 2012. Twitter was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet”. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 offices around the world.