Twitter shuts 1,25,000 ‘terror’ accounts

twitter-charactersSocial media giant Twitter announced that it has suspended 1.25 lakh accounts since 2015  for what it called as ‘spreading terror-related content and promoting terrorist acts indirectly’. Most of the accounts related to ISIS, it said.

The decision has come after world-wide concern of increasing support to ISIS through social media websites. Twitter has more than 500 million users across the world. Twitter has formed separate groups to identify accounts which have been promoting the content.

“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism, We are co-operating with law enforcement bodies “when appropriate” as well as other organisations to curb this activity” company said in a release. A study in  2014 estimated that around 46,000 accounts had been used to post extremist material, and so in just over a year that number has rocketed.

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