Twitter’s fight against online extremism seems to be getting better or should I say – swifter. The Counter Extremism Project recently posted a report stating that the microblogging platform responded faster than usual in deleting posts from Islamic extremists praising last week’s truck attack in Nice, France.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck over a crowd gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks, in Nice, France, killing over 80 people and leaving over 300 injured.
According to The Counter Extremism Project, over 50 twitter accounts posted several tweets praising the Nice attack, all of which were deleted within minutes by Twitter. The report read; “Twitter moved with swiftness we have not seen before to erase pro-attack tweets within minutes…..It was the first time Twitter has reacted so efficiently.”
However, according to Engadget, other tech companies (like Facebook, Microsoft and Google), after talks with the US government have also had to take an active approach to fight online extremism.
That being said, Twitter’s swift response is commendable. At least it’ll reduce the ways or extent to which such people spread their venom.