Twitter is suspending millions of accounts every month
Including 70 million in the past two months 😮🙅♂️
Posted on July 6, 2018 9:35 PM.
Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than one million accounts a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform.
Since October, the rate of suspension has doubled after pressure from Congress to prevent foreign interference in elections. Over the past two months, Twitter has suspended more than 70 million accounts that were found to be in violation of their terms. Despite the positive effect of removing negative accounts, Twitter's efforts may lead to a decline in monthly users in the second quarter.
Harvey said the crackdown has not had “a ton of impact” on the numbers of active users - which stood at 336 million at the end of the first quarter - because many of the problematic accounts were not tweeting regularly. But moving more aggressively against suspicious accounts has helped the platform better protect users from manipulation and abuse, she said.
For a long time, executives were hesitant to address bad behavior on the platform, citing concerns in free speech violations and platform philosophies.
“One of the biggest shifts is in how we think about balancing free expression versus the potential for free expression to chill someone else’s speech.” “Free expression doesn’t really mean much if people don’t feel safe.”
Twitter isn't the only one with this problem. Facebook has come under fire for their policies regarding advertising on the platform, and Google has been blamed for the spread of misinformation in trending news stories. Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, vowed to improve the health of conversations on Twitter, and is working with researchers to develop better policies surrounding the issue. Just recently, Twitter acquired Smyte, an anti-abuse and spam platform that utilizes artificial intelligence to spot bad actors. With the rate of suspensions increasing, and Twitter's efforts to create a healthier platform, only time will tell whether the work is paying off.
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