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    Social media has become an indispensable recruitment and propaganda tool for Daesh and other Islamist terrorists. But Twitter says it’s making strides in its digital war on terror by shutting down terror-linked accounts faster than ISIS can recruit.

    Twitter has shut down more than 125,000 accounts threatening or promoting terrorist activity, while adding more staff to monitor terror-related content.

    The shutdown of such accounts is on the rise as recruitment declines, according to a company blog post published Friday.

    Twitter says most of these accounts were run by people affiliated with Daesh — also known as “ISIS” — or supporters of the terror group.  

    The social media giant also says it has reduced response time in shutting down suspicious accounts.

    Twitter has been leading these efforts with help from law-enforcement agencies and online organizations throughout the country.

    U.S. government officials and representatives of leading technology companies met in Silicon Valley last month to plan a counterattack on the Islamic State’s online-recruitment efforts.

    The government is urging social media sites to block posts, photos and videos encouraging terrorist activity. Obama has called on tech companies to develop “techniques to detect and measure radicalization.”

    Companies like Facebook, Apple, and LinkedIn have pledged support.

    Nonetheless, the war against Daesh on the social media front is far from over.

    According to Twitter’s post, "Global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgment calls based on very limited information and guidance." 

    Twitter says there is no magic algorithm to detect terrorist activity online and its formula is not an exact science.

    The company has also detected a growth in terror-related activity on other online forums as it steps up its pressure against Daesh online. 


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