In recent months, Twitter has come under fire as ISIS propagandists used the platform to promote their cause and recruit would-be militants. While Facebook has taken a blunt approach toward removing posts that have even a whiff of terrorism, Twitter has sought to strike a balance between protecting free speech and cracking down on people who use Twitter as a way to promote violence or threats. In some cases, after all, one person’s political speech is another’s call for terrorism.
Twitter said in a post on Feb 5th 2016 that it continues to work to crack down on violent extremism on its platform: it has suspended more than 125,000 terrorist-related accounts since the middle of last year and it has added more people to the teams that review reports of terrorist propaganda in an effort to make speedier decisions about whether to remove it.
Politicians like Hillary Clinton have emphasized that the US needs Silicon Valley’s help in defeating ISIS as social media tools become crucial to how groups gain support and disseminate information.