In the wake of the Brussels bombing attack on Tuesday, Twitter may be moving more quickly to delete or suspend the accounts of ISIS supporters. Good news if true. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there but we saw a real life example this week.
A Twitter user in the UK posted the following tweets on Tuesday, along with a lot of other inflammatory material.
Many users replied in outrage, and a number of the repsonses that we saw stated that they were going to report the account as being abusive or offensive. By yesterday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the original tweets were posted, the account was suspended.
According to Twitter’s Terms of Service, it reserves the right to suspend abusive accounts.
“Abusive Tweets or behavior: We may suspend an account if it has been reported to us as violating our Rules surrounding abuse. When an account engages in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts, we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently.”
Also, according to Twitter, this user may be able to have his account reinstated. There is an appeal process, but we certainly hope that will not happen.
Incidentally, and article at Epoch Times earlier this month stated that not only was Twitter not deleting ISIS-related accounts, it was deleting the accounts of users who reported terrorist supporters. That doesn’t appear to be the case.
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