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Twitter suspends Niger Delta Avengers, Boko Haram accounts over terrorism acts

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Twitter has suspended the accounts of Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), Boko Haram, as well hundreds of thousands others for violating policies related to violent threats and promotion of terrorism, the company said on Thursday.

The online social media has suspended additional 235,000 accounts since February.

Total suspensions related to violence and terror is now around 360,000 since the middle of last year.

Meanwhile, up to 80 per cent are being suspended daily since last year, Twitter said, due largely to proprietary “spam-fighting” tools.

The company said it has made progress in shortening the amount of time that violators are on Twitter; reducing their followers and disrupting the ability of offenders to immediately return to Twitter.

It said it has bolstered its team to review complaints of extremism and buoyed collaborations with law enforcement, other social platforms and international nongovernmental agencies.

Rival network, Facebook, has also said it has a “hard line” toward terrorism and terrorists.

A Facebook company leader told The Wall Street Journal earlier this year after it removed a profile of San Bernardino shooter, Tashfeen Malik.

The company also restricted 32,100 instances of a photo depicting terror victims in Paris.

The news comes after Twitter made headlines for its free-speech policies.

Niger Delta Avengers are hardline militants in the Niger Delta region, which has been bombing oil facilities in its “Operation Zero Economy.”

Boko Haram is the Islamist terror group that has killed over 20,000 people and rendered about 12 million homeless.


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