Twitter Increases Campaign to Rid Network of ISIS
Twitter revealed Friday that it has increased its efforts to stop ISIS-related activity on the social network by suspending suspected terrorists' accounts and hiring staff to monitor the network for terrorist activity. In a blog post, the San Francisco-based social media giant claimed it has supended more than 125,000 accounts over the past seven months for threatening or promoting terrorist acts or agendas. Most of the suspended accounts, the company added, belonged to persons suspected of belonging to, or supporting, ISIS. "We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism," the post declared, “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area.” Cyber-security experts in recent months have expressed alarm at the ease in which ISIS and other terror groups have used social media to lure disillusioned people, even Americans and Europeans, to join their cause.
In addition to suspending suspected terrorists' accounts, Twitter said it has increased its division responsible for reviewing alleged terrorist activity on its network, allowing the company to greatly improve their response time when a terrorist-related complaint is filed. Similar internal changes have taken place at Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft and LinkedIn, all of whom have voiced support for President Obama's efforts to improve technologies to make it easier to track down terrorist activity on the Internet. The issue has also been prevalent in the ongoing presidential campaign season, with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump suggesting that the Internet be shut down in certain parts of the world to prevent terrorists from recruiting with it.