Facebook may be the most prominent social media site on the Internet, but anyone who’s anyone knows that Twitter is the real golden goose when it comes to staying in the know.
But ruling the roost does come with its fair share of disadvantages as well — in this case, heavy numbers of users associated with ISIS and other terrorist organizations.
Luckily for all of us who simply use our 140 characters to make clever quips, a little birdie told us that Twitter has actually forced over 125,000 terrorism-linked accounts to fly the coop in the past seven months!
But the social media giant isn’t just suspending suspected rule-breakers in silent. On Friday they released an official statement regarding their decision to start banning terrorist users on their blog, saying:
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service.
As many experts and other companies have noted, there is no “magic algorithm” for identifying terrorist content on the internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgement calls based on very limited information and guidance. In spite of these challenges, we will continue to aggressively enforce our Rules in this area, and engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote powerful counter-speech narratives.”
It’s their website and they can do what they want to.
In all seriousness, we’re happy to see a major company actively working to protect both its users, and other innocent individuals across the globe.
Do U think Twitter has the right to choose who has to stop tweeting cold turkey??
[Image via Middle East Eye/Twitter.]