Saturday, February 6, 2016

Twitter Says It Suspended 125K IS-Related Accts.; Network Now Bars Terrorist Posts on Its Website

Twitter announced yesterday that it has suspended at least 125,000 accounts that are related to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since mid-2015, The Daily Beast website reports today (February 6, 2016).

They were suspended, the social media network said, after threatening or promoting terrorist acts related to ISIS.

"Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. 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," the network said in a blog post yesterday afternoon.

This disclosure is significant as it marks the first time that Twitter has made these suspensions public, and appears to be a response to pressure from the White House as well the French, Australian, and British governments.

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