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Twitter Moderated 30K Accounts & Processed 158 Complaints: Compliance Report

Twitter Moderated 30K Accounts & Processed 158 Complaints: Compliance Report

The social media platform’s grievance officer received a total of 158 complaints, mainly dealing with abuse/harassment (75), hateful conduct (25) and misinformation (16)

This represents an 81% increase over the previous period which saw 867 complaints being made

It also suspended more than 29,939 accounts for non-consensual nudity and child sexual exploitation and similar content

Twitter reported a total of 158 complaints, mainly dealing with abuse/harassment (75), hateful conduct (25) and misinformation (16), between September 26 and October 25 in 2021. Twitter took action on a total of 604 URLs; this number is higher because each grievance may identify multiple items like different tweets and accounts. 

This number is much lower than the 867 complaints processed in the previous period between August 26 to September 25, when 867 grievances were processed, resulting in action taken against 339 URLs. 

In India, Twitter users can complain about content on the platform using the grievance mechanism available via the Indian grievance officer (appointed by Twitter to comply with the new IT Rules). The platform does not require complainants to be registered on the platform in order to file a grievance. 

A majority of the grievances received by the grievance officer are related to issues like verification and account access and thereby doesn’t fall under the ambit of the grievance system. These requests have been excluded from the report.

Grievances

Twitter’s compliance report comes in-line with Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, where social media platforms with more than 5 Mn users, are required to publish a monthly compliance report. It should include details of complaints from users via the India grievance mechanism as well as information about platforms’ proactive monitoring efforts.

Child Sexual Abuse Material & Promotion of Terrorism

Between September and October, Twitter also processed 40 appeals over account suspensions and resolved all of them, overturning only 6 account suspensions based on the available information. The compliance report added that the company also received 19 requests related to general questions about Twitter during the reporting period

Twitter also has many measures in place to proactively monitor content and flag them for featuring child sexual abuse material (CSAM). This includes media, text, illustrations and computer-generated images on the Twitter feed and in direct messages. 

The social media platform also uses the same technology and tools to monitor content related to or promotes terrorist activity and responds in the same manner. Twitter suspended more than 29,939 accounts for non-consensual nudity and child sexual exploitation and similar content. It also suspended 4,072 accounts for the promotion of terrorism.