A investigation by Sky News has found that tens of thousands of new Twitter accounts that are sympathetic towards the Islamic State have been launched on the social network since journalist James Foley was murdered.
The research, which was conducted by intelligence firm Recorded Future on behalf of Sky News, discovered that 60,000 Twitter profiles expressing pro-jihadi views have been setup in total since May. And despite a crackdown from Twitter on accounts that posted graphic imagery or promoted “calls to violent actions” in the wake of James Foley’s death, 27,000 of these accounts were established after August 20th, the day after he was killed.
The analysis found that as soon as Twitter closed one account, another replaced it almost immediately, often with just a simple change of name. These new accounts are then promoted by other Islamic State Twitter profiles, noted Sky News.
“Clearly, the current manual process where Twitter shuts down accounts that are reported cannot keep up with this tactic,” said Staffan Truvé, chief technology officer of Recorded Future. “We believe automated approaches that use techniques similar to those we have presented here sentiment and network link analysis can be used to successfully block improper content that violates the Twitter rules.”
Twitter has not commented on the findings.
(Source: Sky News.)