Twitter banned more than 46,000 Indian accounts in May: Report


Twitter banned more than 46,000 accounts of Indian users in May over violation of its guidelines, the microblogging platform said Sunday in its monthly compliance report.

Twitter removed 43,656 accounts for child sexual exploitation, non-consensual nudity and similar content, while 2,870 accounts were banned for promoting terrorism.

The platform received 1,698 complaints in India via its local grievance mechanism between April 26, 2022 and May 25, 2022.

This includes complaints pertained to online abuse/harassment (1,366), hateful conduct (111), misinformation and manipulated media (36), sensitive adult content (28), impersonation (25), among others.

It took action against 1,621 uniform resource locators (URLs) during the period, which includes URLs for violating norms related to online harassment (1,077), hateful conduct (362) and sensitive adult content (154).

In addition, Twitter also processed 115 grievances which appealed account suspensions. No account suspensions were revoked, the report said.

“While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our platform, we do not tolerate behaviour that harasses, threatens, dehumanizes, or uses fear to silence the voices of others,” Twitter said in the report.

Meanwhile, Google India purged 393,303 pieces of bad content in May via automated detection to prevent dissemination of harmful content such as child sexual abuse and violent extremist content, according to its monthly transparency report released Sunday.

The tech giant also removed 62,673 pieces of content as a result of user complaints in May.

On Friday, Meta-owned WhatsApp had announced that it banned over 1.9 million bad accounts in India in the month of May in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021. The platform had banned over 1.66 million bad accounts in India in April.

The company received 528 grievance reports in May within the country, and the accounts “actioned” were 24.

In April, WhatsApp received 844 grievance reports within the country, and the accounts “actioned” were 123.

Under the new IT Rules 2021, big digital and social media platforms with more than five million users have to publish monthly compliance reports.