Twitter has significantly ramped up its anti-ISIS efforts by shutting down thousands of terrorists’ accounts and adding staff to monitor terrorist activity on its network.
The social media company said in a blog post Friday that it has suspended 125,000 accounts over the past seven months for threatening or promoting terrorist acts. Most of the people behind the accounts were affiliated with or supported ISIS, Twitter said.
ISIS recruiters have successfully used Twitter to lure disillusioned people to join their cause.
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism,” the company said in the blog post. “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area.”
Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) said that it has grown the team that reviews reports of terror activity on the network. The extra staff has made great strides in identifying terrorists on its network and has “significantly” reduced Twitter’s response time when it needs to suspend an account, the company said.
Other tools in Twitter’s arsenal against ISIS include spam-fighting software that is designed to seek out terrorists’ accounts. Twitter is also partnering with law enforcement and online organizations working to counteract terrorists’ online recruiting efforts. Account suspensions are up and terrorist activity is down, Twitter claims.