Twitter states it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid 2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts”.
Twitter is taking the situation in their own hands, and with the help of the government, more and more accounts are terminated.
These accounts are identified by the government, and they turn to Twitter to shut them down. In addition, many accounts are flagged and reported to Twitter by everyday users, helping Twitter even more.
Most accounts contained extremist propaganda, mainly from ISIS, for recruiting young members through social media.
A study towards the end of 2014 showed that around 46,000 accounts had been used to post extremist material. And in just over a year, that number has sky rocketed.
The positive side of the case is that Twitter knows, and is capable of dealing with the situation themselves. Twitter is doing everything they can to stop the propaganda, and so far, they show no disappointment.
The big question is what happens next. Terrorists will carry on making more accounts, as well as migrating to other platforms, making social media even more prone for terrorist recruiting.
And questions will be raised about the removal of accounts. Who decides? Who’s keeping watch? For now, the situation is stable, but who knows how bad it can get in the next few months?
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