Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Twitter Transparency Report Outlines Impact on Accounts


Twitter recently unveiled it’s six-month transparency report which revealed what countries are making the most information requests, and it also shared information about their approach to policing members for rule violations.

The new prioritization of rule violations has spiked a trend of suspensions of accounts that violate the rules.

Twitter isn’t playing around, and outlined a lot of information in their Open Internet report.

“Content moderation is more than just leave up or take down. Regulation should allow for a range of interventions, while setting clear definitions for categories of content.”

Sinéad McSweeney,  who is Twitter’s Vice President of Global Public Policy and Philanthropy, stated that the popular social media platform is facing increased attempts by governments to remove content from Twitter, and positions Twitter as protecting their member’s rights to privacy.

“We’re facing unprecedented challenges as governments around the world increasingly attempt to intervene and remove content” McSweeney wrote.

“This threat to privacy and freedom of expression is a deeply worrying trend that requires our full attention. Today’s update to the Twitter Transparency Center highlights our long-standing commitment to meaningful transparency and the pressing, urgent need to defend the free, secure, and global Open Internet.”

Top Countries for Governmental Content Removal Demands (per the report)

  1. Japan
  2. Russia
  3. Turkey
  4. India
  5. South Korea

In some interesting takeaways, Twitter permanently shut down 453,754 accounts for violating their Child Exploitation (CSE) policies, with 89% shut down by Twitter through the use of internal tools.

Twitter is leading the way in areas other social platforms, such as Facebook, have failed. Facebook recently published a transparency report that outline a troubling trend where the company simply takes far too long to identify and remove content that violates their policies, where a post can potentially receive a hundred million views before Facebook identifies and removes it for violating content policies.

In comparison, Twitter address content violations where that the content is only seen around 68 times.

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