US authorities requests for Twitter consumer knowledge drop 6%


Twitter mentioned Thursday that requests for consumer knowledge from the US authorities declined 6% within the second half of 2018 in contrast with the earlier reporting interval.

The social media large obtained 6,904 requests for details about customers on 11,112 accounts, Twitter mentioned in its newest transparency report. Twitter mentioned it provided info on 56% of the requests.

The US made essentially the most requests for consumer knowledge through the interval, accounting for roughly one-third of all queries: 2,092 requests for knowledge on 3,860 accounts.  

Twitter additionally mentioned it suspended greater than 166,000 accounts for actions associated to terrorism, a 19% decline from the earlier reporting interval. Twitter credited its inside instruments with flagging 91 % of the accounts.

“The pattern we’re observing year-on-year is a gradual lower in terrorist organizations trying to make use of our service,” Twitter mentioned in its report. “This is because of zero-tolerance coverage enforcement that has allowed us to take swift motion on ban evaders and different recognized types of conduct utilized by terrorist entities and their associates. Within the majority of circumstances, we take motion on the account setup stage — earlier than the account even Tweets.”

The decline is welcome information for social media websites, which have turn out to be a widespread conduit for terrorist teams to share their concepts and recruit individuals to their trigger. Platforms resembling Fb, Twitter and YouTube have strict guidelines towards posting hate speech and can take away such content material and accounts once they’re found.

Almost 457,000 accounts had been suspended through the interval for violations associated to baby sexual exploitation on the platform, a drop of 6%. Of these accounts, 96% had been found utilizing a mix of PhotoDNA and inside instruments, Twitter mentioned.

Twitter additionally mentioned it obtained about 8% fewer requests to take away content material in contrast with the earlier interval.


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