Twitter Inc. has suspended over one million accounts per day over the past two months to lower the amount of misinformation that is on the microblogging platform, says a report by the Washington Post.
Twitter along with social media sites like Facebook have come under intense scrutiny by lawmakers in the U.S. as well as international regulators for not doing enough to prevent the spreading of misleading or false content.
The companies are taking steps to change that by deleting accounts, introducing new updates, and monitoring content on a regular basis to help their users to avoid becoming a victim of false content.
During the months of May and June, Twitter suspended in excess of 70 million of its accounts, and that pace continued into the month of July, said the report published on Friday by the Post, which cited data that it had obtained.
One analyst said that it was difficult to believe that 70 million accounts on Twitter had been affected when the microblogging platform has just 336 million active monthly users.
According to reports, the monthly active users on Twitter are expected to increase by close to 3% during the 2018 second quarter to over 337.05 million.
The analyst added that he believes that a substantial number of the accounts suspended by Twitter were dormant and that it will have little if any impact on the company.
However, the analyst said if the suspended accounts were 70 million active accounts, the accounts will be up in arms about being suspended and that would be heard across social media.
According to a source in the Post’s report, the aggressive suspension of the unwanted accounts might result in a decline, which has become rare for Twitter, of monthly users during the second quarter.
Twitter in a blog post during June said that due to process and technology improvements over the last year, Twitter is now removing 214% more accounts for the violation of company spam policies year to year.
During May, Twitter identified as well as challenged over 9.9 million automated or potentially spam-like accounts each week in comparison to just 6.4 million during December of 2017.
Twitter’s shares fell slightly after the closing bell Friday to $46.50.