New Delhi: Twitter Inc has said that it has shut down 125,000 accounts with alleged links to the dreaded terror organisation Islamic State and other terror outfits in 2015, the company said in a blog post on Friday. The move is being seen as a development on part of the company to strike down at the use of its social media platform to spread the message of hate and terror.
The majority of the blocked accounts were said to be linked to extremist groups such as Isis, al-Qaeda and the Islamist Syrian militia the al-Nusra front and some had links to other terror organisations.
Reportedly, the social networking giant has increased the size of its teams to monitor the accounts related to terror organisation.
The Islamic State has heavily relied on the over 300 million-person site, as well others, to recruit fighters and propagate violent messages.
Twitter, an open platform for expression, has discussed the difficulty of striking a balance between the prohibition of certain behaviours and their desire to be a forum for free speech and debate.
The company has previously been criticized for improper use of the platform that it provides. However, Twitter is now on its toes to act against such accounts.
Recent years have seen an exponential growth of ISIS, with Twitter having unwittingly played a key role in its growth.
Major Silicon Valley firms are stepping up their content policy in response to miscreant accounts, resulting in many extremists migrating towards smaller or less monitored platforms in recent months to carry out their propaganda.