Twitter Suspends Over Half a Million Accounts in Anti-extremism Push

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The Islamic State hashtag is seen typed into the Twitter application on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 6, 2016.
Twitter has stepped up efforts to tackle 'violent extremism.'Credit: Reuters

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had suspended more than half a million accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform.

The company shut down a total of 376,890 accounts in the last six months of 2016, Twitter said in its latest transparency report.

Twitter also said it had started taking legal requests to remove content posted by verified journalists and media outlets.

Twitter said it had received 88 such requests, but had not taken any action on the majority of these requests.

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