With intentions to keep their platform safe and to demote any dangerous behavior, Twitter has suspended roughly 235,000 accounts that either promoted or were linked to terrorism or terrorist activity.
“The world has witnessed a further wave of deadly, abhorrent terror attacks across the globe,” Twitter said in a statement. “We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform.”
This isn’t the first time Twitter suspended accounts for similar behavior. Back in February, they began this same initiative and suspended roughly 125,000 accounts, according to the NY Times. That would bring the grand total to about 360,000 suspended accounts in just six months.
One thing Twitter’s always prided themselves on is the use of free speech, referring to their space as a “global town square.” Unfortunately, that stance will bring in bullies, racists and extremist groups, who just like others, are trying to get their message across. Only problem is their message is dangerous.
“We will continue to invest in both technology and other resources in the future and you can expect us to update our progress regularly,” Twitter added. I guess this isn’t the end of the suspension.
What do you make of this whole ordeal? Does Twitter have a responsibility to demote violence and terror, or does free-speech override? Tell us your thoughts below.