Twitter internal controls were allowing to weed out users advocating violence

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Vastavam web: Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down.U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to fight harder against online radicalisation, particularly by violent Islamist groups.
Britain’s interior minister, Amber Rudd, used a visit to Silicon Valley last month to ask Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube to step up efforts to remove content that incites militants after four attacks in Britain killed 36 people this year.“Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday after a bombing on a London commuter train.
Twitter defines “promotion of terrorism” as actively inciting or promoting violence “associated with internationally recognised terrorist organisations.”The vast majority of notices from governments concerned “abusive behaviour”, which includes violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct and impersonation.The European Union has threatened legislation on Internet firms removing illegal content if they do not step up efforts to police what is available on the web.
Twitter said it had received about 3 percent more legal requests and court orders to remove content posted by users in the first half of this year than during the last six months of 2016.Twitter said it had received eight requests from governments to take down content posted by journalists and news organisations in the first half of 2017 but did not act on any of them “because of their political and journalistic nature.”
Of the eight, five were court orders or other legal demands from Turkey ordering Twitter to take down content from journalists or news outlets.Twitter said it filed legal objections to court orders involving Turkish journalists and news outlets wherever possible but none of them had prevailed.