Twitter Suspended 235,000 Terrorism-Related Accounts Over Last Six Months

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Twitter has gotten rid of more than 360,000 accounts since mid-2015.

Twitter is getting more aggressive about keeping threatening language and endorsements of terrorism off its website.

The microblogging site announced on Thursday that since February, it has removed "235,000 accounts for violating our policies related to promotion of terrorism."

"This brings our overall number of suspensions to 360,000 since the middle of 2015," the company said in a statement. "Our efforts continue to drive meaningful results, including a significant shift in this type of activity off of Twitter."

"Daily suspensions are up over 80 percent since last year, with spikes in suspensions immediately following terrorist attacks. Our response time for suspending reported accounts, the amount of time these accounts are on Twitter, and the number of followers they accumulate have all decreased dramatically," the statement added.

In recent weeks, Twitter has endured a flood of criticism for providing a platform on which hate speech, harassment and extremist views can flourish. Former executives of the San Francisco-based tech company have expressed disappointment with the way the site handles abusive content.

"There is no one 'magic algorithm' for identifying terrorist content on the Internet," the statement continues. "But we continue to utilize other forms of technology, like proprietary spam-fighting tools, to supplement reports from our users and help identify repeat account abuse."

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