April 10, 2015

Twitter says it suspended 10,000 ISIS-related accounts in one day

Rebel Staff

On April 2, Twitter's violations department suspended approximately 10,000 accounts of the social media network, "for tweeting violent threats."

Rick Gladstone of the New York Times reports:

The suspensions came against a backdrop of rising criticism that Twitter has allowed the Islamic State to exploit the social network to spread propaganda, glorify violence and seek recruits. (...)

The Twitter representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for security reasons, attributed the surge of suspensions in part to a widely publicized effort by Islamic State opponents, including some hacking groups and online vigilantes, to expose suspect accounts and report them as violators.

However, some anti-ISIS activists say violators can easily set up new Twitter accounts; some "even boast about how many times they have been suspended."


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commented 2015-04-10 14:46:34 -0400
I am expecting a hue and cry from the civil rights advocates!
commented 2015-04-10 13:18:32 -0400
hashtag: Nice try
commented 2015-04-10 11:45:56 -0400
Tall grass does not become safer when you cut off a rattlesnakes tail.
commented 2015-04-10 11:23:51 -0400
They still have the CBC to basically champion their terrorist cause.
commented 2015-04-10 09:55:10 -0400
They should do the same with Hezbholla
commented 2015-04-10 09:17:10 -0400
Good. Now if Facebook and Google would do the same, maybe the ISIS propaganda war can be mitigated somewhat.
commented 2015-04-10 08:14:34 -0400