Twitter axes thousands of accounts in terror crackdown
Twitter on Thursday announced that it has cut off 235,000 more accounts for violating its policies regarding promotion of terrorism at the global one-to-many messaging service.
The latest account suspensions raised to 360,000 the total number of accounts sidelined since the middle of 2015 and was helping “drive meaningful results” in curbing the activity, according to the San Francisco-based company.
Twitter has been under pressure to balance protecting free speech at the service with not providing a stage for terrorist groups to spread violent messages and enlist people to their causes.
The latest account suspensions came since February, when Twitter announced that it had neutralized 125,000 accounts for violating rules against violent threats and promotion of terrorism.
“Since that announcement, the world has witnessed a further wave of deadly, abhorrent terror attacks across the globe,” Twitter said in a blog post.
“We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform.”
Daily suspensions of accounts are up more than 80 percent since last year, and spike in the immediate aftermath of terror attacks, according to Twitter.
Twitter said that it is getting quicker at identifying terrorist content and shutting down accounts involved, resulting in dramatic decreases in the number of followers attracted while they are active.
Moves have been made to make it tougher for people behind suspended accounts to immediately return to Twitter, and teams reviewing reports of suspected terror content have been expanded.
A US judge last week tossed out a lawsuit accusing Twitter of abetting terrorism by allowing Islamic State propaganda to be broadcast using the messaging platform.
District Court Judge William Orrick granted a motion by Twitter to dismiss the case, reasoning that providing a platform for speech is within the law and that the company did not create the content.
The Communications Decency Act protects online platforms from being held responsible for what users post.
The suit was filed in San Francisco federal court by the families of two government contractors killed late last year while working at a police training center run by the United States in Amman, according to court documents.
A Jordanian police captain studying at the center shot the two men to death, and IS later claimed the captain was a “lone wolf” working for the group’s cause, the judge recounted in his ruling.
“As horrific as these deaths were, under the CDA Twitter cannot be treated as a publisher or speaker of ISIS’s hateful rhetoric and is not liable under the facts alleged,” Orrick said in the decision.
The suit accused Twitter of providing “material support” by letting accounts spread the message of the extremist group.
The judge left open the option of refiling an amended version of the suit.
Sometimes, the things we can’t change end up changing us.
This day, sometimes also referred to as Brother and Sister Day, is celebrated in some parts of India by brothers and sisters to reaffirm their bonds of affection, as well as to perform a ritual of protection. A sister ties a bracelet made of colorful threads and amulets, called a rakhi, on her brother’s wrists. The brother in turn may give his sister gifts—a piece of jewelry or money—while promising to protect her. In Nepal, it is a festival for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Brahmins put golden threads around everyone’s wrists; they are worn until Diwali.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Meriwether Lewis (1774)
- After serving as a captain in the US army, Lewis became secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. When Congress approved a plan to find a land route to the Pacific Ocean, Jefferson selected his trusted associate, along with William Clark, to head the expedition. In 1807, Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory. His sudden death—either by murder or suicide—in 1809, while on his way to Washington, DC, is still the subject of controversy. Why have requests to exhume his body been denied?
This Day in History:
The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)
Located off what is now the North Carolina coast, Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Its original colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, arrived in 1585 but stayed only a year. A second group led by John White arrived in 1587. Shortly thereafter, White returned to England for supplies. When he finally returned to the island, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. Their fate is still unknown. What possible clue was found carved into a tree there?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Quote of the Day:
W. Somerset Maugham
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Article of the Day:
The study of ancient Babylonian law, supported by thousands of primary sources that include contracts, deeds, and legal decisions, was greatly advanced by the discovery of a set of 282 laws known as the Code of Hammurabi. Created around 1760 BCE by the sixth Babylonian King, Hammurabi, the Code loosely divided the population into three classes and established an “eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth” style of punishment for criminals. What was the penalty for perjury?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Word of the Day:
Definition: (adjective) Brief and to the point; effectively concise.
Synonyms: laconic, curt, crisp
Usage: The officer’s orders were terse, but everyone understood his instructions.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
It’s a warm day in Vancouver, and we’re not the only ones who are trying to cool off. Brittany Hill sent us these photos of a bear taking a dip in her Coquitlam pool.
Weaving a rug inside a deserted kiva or cave. Hopi. Walpi Pueblo, Arizona. 1899. Photo by H.S. Poley.
Full moon , Swiss Alps, Lauterbrunnen – Switzerland
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, so let’s celebrate by volunteering at Rocky Mountain National Park!
Come and help the Trail Crew at Rocky repair trail at Hidden Valley. Event will take place Thursday August 25th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM meeting at at the Hidden Valley parking lot. Instructions and all work tools and safety equipment will be provided. Work will include: digging, crushing rock, moving wheelbarrows, and having a good time giving back to our Park!
Space is limited for this event; we are accepting registration from the first 40 respondents only. If interested in attending, click the following link and fill out the form as soon as possible.