Twitter removed nearly 2.7 lakh of accounts last year, between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 for violations related to the promotion of terrorism, which was down 8.4% compared to the previous period (Jan- June 2017), it announced it in a blog post highlighting details of its 12th biannual Twitter Transparency Report. Twitter added that it suspended over 1.2 million (1,210,357) accounts since August 2015 for promoting terrorism.
According to the report, 93% of those 2.7 lakh accounts were flagged by tools that Twitter team has built, which enabled 74% of those accounts suspension before their first Tweet. Twitter catches up to 523,000 suspicious logins in a day. A lot of this is being done through machine learning and automatic spam and bot detection tools, told Mahima Kaul, the Public Policy Head of Twitter India in a Medianama-held a discussion in Delhi, on Fake News and Online Content Regulation.
It also added that government reports of violations related to the promotion of terrorism represent less than 0.2% of these suspended accounts in the second half of the last year.
The government’s information requests are requests issued by law enforcement and other government agencies to the micro-blogging site. Twitter defines on its website it as, “when we reference ‘legal requests’ we’re generally referring to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal documents that cite a statute or other law in association with some sort of claim or demand. Legal requests may ask for us to turn over information about a Twitter account and/or ask to remove content, like Tweets”.
Closer home, Indian government agencies made 315 Twitter account information requests in the second half of 2017, up from 261 made during the January-June 2017, and asked Twitter to remove 144 accounts (July-Dec 2017), up from 102 from the previous period. (Some account suspensions made news, like singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, and others like party-specific trollers)