Twitter has shut down approximately around 10,000 accounts linked to jihadist extremists.
On April 2, social media platform Twitter decided to shut down about 10,000 accounts suspected of using the platform for promoting violence— all of them said to be owned by jihadist extremists or their supporters.
Twitter’s suspension of the accounts is said to be the largest to have ever been carried out by the social media platform, with all accounts— over 10,000 of them— almost simultaneously shut down within a 24-hour period.
Reports speculate that the move by Twitter follows an “all-out war” waged against the terrorists by the group of hackers called Anonymous.
Although Twitter refused to disclose detailed information about the massive suspension of the accounts, the social media giant confirmed that the purge was made to stop jihadist Twitter users from using the platform to promote threats of violence.
A report by NDTV Gadgets claims that a representative from a so-called division labelled as the “violations department”— which was supposedly set up by Twitter to handle cases such as these— confirmed that all 10,000 or more of the suspended accounts were being used by ISIS militants as well as supporters of the terror group.
The source from the said department, who reportedly talked to NDTV Gadgets on the condition of anonymity for safety reasons, revealed that the massive suspension of accounts were carried out by Twitter largely due to an enormous number of reports received by both the members of the public as well as a number of online activists.
Speculators believe that the purge was, without a doubt, prompted by the ‘Operation Anti-ISIS’ campaign initiated by Anonymous hackers. The group declared a war against the terrorists several months ago, which was made in retaliation to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris which ISIS claimed responsibility for.
Although Twitter maintains that it stands by its commitment to promote freedom of speech on the social media platform, it says that the use of its social network for promoting violence and hate will not be tolerated.
Experts have already earlier told that the alarming rate at which the number of extremists associated with terrorist grow can be largely attributed ISIS’ use of the social media to showcase their propagandas and promote violence and hatred.
Despite Twitter’s successful effort to shut down a massive number of accounts associated with the jihadist extremists, however, another fact still remains— that ISIS still holds about 80,000 social media accounts which they use to promote their violent ideology.
Another problem the social network is confronted with is the fact that as soon as they take down one account, another is almost certainly created to replace it.