Twitter suspends 500k accounts over child sexual exploitation fears

Twitter takes down half a million accounts over child sexual exploitation fears in just half a year

  • US-based social media giant claims it’s determined to stamp out such material
  • Twitter bosses say 97 per cent of suspicious posts were stamped out by filter 
  • But charities are still worried about the risks being posed to vulnerable children

Twitter took down almost half a million accounts over child sexual exploitation fears in just six months, it emerged yesterday.

The social media giant said it was determined to stamp out sexual abuse of children and said it would not ‘tolerate’ such material.

But the figures illustrate the reams of content uploaded each day as charities warn abusers are resorting to more sophisticated techniques to avoid detection.

The platform said 97 per cent of the posts were rooted out by technology. 

Pictured: Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, where bosses have suspended 500,000 accounts over sexual exploitation fears in just six months 


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Some 487,363 accounts were taken down over child exploitation between January and June this year. 

And every post removed involving a child was also reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which shares information with law enforcement agencies globally.

It is the first time Twitter has released figures relating to child sexual exploitation. 

The firm said: ‘We will continue to aggressively fight online child sexual abuse.’

The company also admitted that terrorists are still flouting the site’s rules with 205,156 accounts promoting extremism removed.

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