Twitter announced on Tuesday that it suspended 376,890 accounts for violations related to promoting terrorism in the final six months of 2016.
The effort to crack down on these accounts seems to be ramping up, according to Twitter's latest report. The latest figure during the period of July 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 is more than three times the 125,000 account-figure the social media platform said it cracked down on from mid-2015 to Feb. 2016.
All told, Twitter said it has suspended 636,280 accounts linked to terror promotion since Aug. 1, 2015.
In August, the Twitter said daily suspensions were up 80 percent in the past year, and there were notable spikes following terror attacks. The company said it had a number of tools to recognize repeated abuse, like proprietary spam-fighting programs, an expanded team reviewing reports of suspicious accounts and a collaborative effort with other social media platforms to help identify terrorist content.
Twitter's new report used data from government reports to remove content in violation of Twitter's terms of service against the promotion of terrorism — which the company said accounted for only 2 percent of the total suspensions in the first six months of the year.
Twitter added that it received 13 percent more requests to have accounts removed during this six-month time period, although they affected 37 percent fewer accounts compared to the previous reporting period.
"Overall, removal requests affected a total of 13,022 accounts (down from 20,571 in the last report): 2,245 had some content removed for violating our Terms of Service, 1,480 accounts had some content withheld (account-level or Tweet-level), and no action was taken on the remaining 9,297 accounts for reasons explained below," the company said.