Here’s why Twitter banned 46,000 Indian user accounts in May


Twitter banned more than 46,000 Indian user accounts in May for violating its guidelines, the microblogging platform said in its monthly compliance report on Sunday. According to the report, Twitter removed 43,656 accounts for child sexual exploitation, non-consensual nudity and similar content, while 2,870 accounts were banned for promoting terrorism. Also Read – Twitter Has Last Chance To Comply With India’s IT Rules: Here’s What’s Happening

The platform received 1,698 complaints in India through its local grievance mechanism between April 26, 2022 and May 25, 2022. This includes complaints regarding online abuse/harassment (1,366), hateful behavior ( 111), misinformation and manipulated media (36), sensitive adult content (28), impersonation (25), among others. Also Read – Twitter Captioning Feature Coming to Android, iOS: How to Use It

It also took action against 1,621 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) during the period, which includes URLs for violating standards related to online harassment (1,077), hateful behavior (362) and content. sensitive for adults (154). Also Read – Twitter Board Recommends $44 Billion Elon Musk Takeover, While Fixing Some “Unresolved Issues”

Additionally, Twitter also handled 115 complaints appealing account suspensions. No account suspensions have been revoked, according to the report.

“While we invite everyone to speak up on our platform, we do not condone behavior that harasses, threatens, dehumanizes, or uses fear to silence the voices of others,” Twitter said in the report. Meanwhile, Google India purged 393,303 items of bad content in May through automated detection to prevent the spread of harmful content such as child sexual abuse and violent extremist content, according to its monthly transparency report on Sunday.

The tech giant also removed 62,673 pieces of content following user complaints in May. On Friday, Meta-owned WhatsApp also announced that it banned more than 19 lakh bad accounts in India in May under new IT rules 2021.

The platform had banned more than 16.6 lakh bad accounts in India as of April. The company also received 528 grievance reports in May in the country, and accounts “handled” were 24.

In April, WhatsApp received 844 grievance reports in the country, and accounts “handled” were 123. Under the new 2021 IT rules, major digital and social media platforms, with more than 5 million users, must publish monthly compliance reports.


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