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Twitter reports progress on weeding out users advocating violence

BRUSSELS: Twitter said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down. US and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook and Google to fight harder against online radicalization, particularly by violent militant groups. Twitter said it had removed 299,649 accounts in the first half of this year for the “promotion of terrorism”, a 20 percent…