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Twitter tries to battle terrorism by suspending 235,000 accounts it calls 'extreme'


Twitter is trying to battle extremism on the interwebs. Over the past six months, Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts which the social media company says promoted terrorism.

It's part of an effort to keep people from using the social media tool to promote violent extremist causes.

Twitter says it also expanded teams that review reported violations and moves faster to suspend terrorism-related accounts. The company says it also made it harder for those users to return to its platform.

Crackdown began in 2015

Twitter began cracking down on terrorism-related tweets in mid-2015 and has suspended 360,000 accounts.

Since 2015, suspensions for breaking Twitter's prohibitions on terrorism are up more than 80 percent, with significant increases in suspensions usually following terrorist attacks, Twitter told the New York Times

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