Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts associated with "terrorism" since February, as part of its ongoing effort to prevent the Islamic State and other groups from using the platform.
"While our work is not done, today we are announcing that we have suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating our policies related to promotion of terrorism in the six months since our February 2016 post," the company said Thursday. "This brings our overall number of suspensions to 360,000 since the middle of 2015."
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"Daily suspensions are up over 80 percent since last year, with spikes in suspensions immediately following terrorist attacks," the company added. "Our response time for suspending reported accounts, the amount of time these accounts are on Twitter, and the number of followers they accumulate have all decreased dramatically. We have also made progress in disrupting the ability of those suspended to immediately return to the platform."
The post included a few embedded tweets from outside parties that referenced the declining use of Twitter by ISIS or ISIL, though the company itself didn't mention that terrorist group, and instead emphasized its opposition to "extremism."
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"In addition to these account suspensions, our global public policy team has expanded its partnerships with organizations working to counter violent extremism (CVE) online," Twitter said. "Over the last six months, we also attended government-convened summits on CVE hosted by the French Interior Ministry and the Indonesian National Counterterrorism Agency."
Twitter has come under fire for failing to do enough to prevent Islamic State adherents from using the platform and, more recently, for censoring and banning conservatives on the site. Twitter in July banned Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. It's unclear whether he was included in the number of extremists banned from the site.
Twitter in February additionally announced its formation of a "Trust and Safety Council" geared towards promoting a "global and inclusive approach" for the site. The group is composed of more than 40 organizations including People Against Violent Extremism, Muslim Advocates and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.