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Twitter Challenged 19.35 Crore Accounts for Verification in The Second Half of 2018

Twitter said it particularly focused on detecting fake accounts at sign-up during the six-month period

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As part of its efforts to prevent manipulation of the platform by bots and fake accounts, Twitter challenged 19.35 crore accounts for verification in the second half of 2018, 17 per cent fewer than the first half of last year, according to a transparency report from the micro-blogging site.

Twitter uses the “anti-spam challenge” for confirming whether a human is in control of an account.

Twitter may require the account holder to verify a phone number or email address, or complete a reCAPTCHA.

These challenges are simple for authentic account owners to solve, but could be difficult (or costly) for spammy or malicious account owners to complete.

“Accounts which fail to complete a challenge within a specified period of time may be suspended,” said the report.

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Twitter said it particularly focused on detecting fake accounts at sign-up during the six-month period.

The decrease in the number of anti-spam challenges enforced during the second half of 2018 is related to the targeted efforts to detect fake accounts at sign-up and deter unhealthy accounts at the time of account creation, Twitter said.

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“We also launched an enhanced spam reporting flow in October 2018 to provide people who use Twitter with the option to tell us more about the type of spam they experienced when they make a report,” it added.

“Aggregate reports of spam have also decreased in the second half of 2018, suggesting that people continue to experience fewer spammy interactions on Twitter,” said the report. (IANS)

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Group of US Lawmakers Ask Twitter to Ban Islamic Terror Groups

According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there was a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from the previous reporting period

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A group of US lawmakers on Tuesday called on Twitter to ban Islamic terror organizations on its platform.

In a press conference here, Democratic House Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Max Rose and Republicans Tom Reed and Brian Fitzpatrick asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to immediately ban foreign terror groups like Palestinian Sunni-Islamic militant organization Hamas and Lebanonese militant group Hezbollah.

“Rep. Gottheimer says they’re calling on Twitter to pull Hezbollah and Hamas accounts by November 1,” tweeted Alex Thomas.

Twitter is choosing “profits over patriotism,” said Rose.

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The US State Department classifies Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, making it illegal for Americans to provide them with “material support or resources.”

“There is simply no reason why the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah deserve access to Twitter’s user base and platform to promote themselves as they continue to sponsor violent, radical, hate-filled extremism,” www.nj.com reported Gottheimer and other representatives as saying.

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The micro-blogging platform in May said it suspended 166,513 accounts for promoting terrorism in the July-December 2018 period, adding that there’s a steady decrease in terrorist groups trying to use the platform owing to its “zero-tolerance policy enforcement”.

According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there was a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from the previous reporting period. (IANS)