Category Archives: Social Media and Muslim Terrorism

Facebook, Twitter, others have 1 hour to remove terror propaganda: EU bill

Strasbourg, France: The European Union on Wednesday proposed steps to force social networks and websites to remove terrorist propaganda within an hour of receiving the order from authorities, or companies like Facebook and Twitter could face massive fines.

The legislation proposed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker marks a toughening approach after Brussels had relied on internet firms to voluntarily remove such content.

The internet has become a major tool for extremists carrying out attacks that have killed hundreds of people in European cities in recent years.

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EU to force tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ messages

The European commission is seeking to force technology companies wherever they are based in the EU to hand over emails, text messages and app communications of terror suspects within hours of a court order.

Under the plans, judges in one member state will be able to seize electronic evidence held on a service provider in another European country through a transnational European production order.

The powers would further cover the seizure of data held outside the EU by a tech company “offering services in the union and established or represented” in an EU member state.

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Islamic terror groups continue to operate openly on Twitter, despite ‘crackdown’

On Thursday, Twitter unveiled its biannual Twitter Transparency Report, headlining the memo with what appear to be impressive statistics in cracking down on terrorist promotion materials.

Contrary to Twitter’s transparency claims, however, Conservative Review has found that major, U.S.-designated terrorist groups continue to operate openly on the social media platform.

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How Facebook and Social Media Promote Terrorism

The nature of Islamic terrorism throughout the world has changed in recent years. Alongside the established and organized groups — such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and even ISIS — a new and different type terror has been created, one that is nourished ideologically, spiritually, and intellectually by these groups, yet shows no connection — organizationally or operationally — to them.

This terror is defined by what we refer to as “lone wolves.” These are individuals whose nationalistic motives, religious incitement or psychological needs propel them to commit acts of terror without being a member of an organized group or cell. The one unifying aspect for all these lone wolves is social media.

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Web giants could be hit with major new tax if they fail to help in the fight against terror, minister warns

Web giants that are failing to adequately help the Government to fight terrorism could be hit with a major new tax, a security minister has warned.

Ben Wallace said the Government’s “patience is running out fast” with internet companies who are too slow to act against extremist content.

He struck out at “ruthless profiteers”, who he said were putting money before public safety and would not “get away” with leaving police and law enforcement to repair the damage done by radicalised content.

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Google Cites Progress in Stopping Spread of Terror Content Online

A database that the four organizations established last December to share information with each other and with other technology platforms now contains more than 40,000 “hashes” that uniquely identify videos and images containing extremist content. YouTube and the other members of the initiative are using the hashes to identify, remove and, in some cases, block videos and images that violate each company’s respective policies with regard to terror content.

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Google to appoint staff of 10,000 to weed out extremist content on YouTube

Google plans to increase to 10,000 the number of its staffers tasked with tracking down extremist content on YouTube.

“We will continue the growth of our teams, with the goal of bringing the total number of people across Google working to address content that might violate our policies to over 10,000 in 2018,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Britain’s Daily Telegraph in an interview.

Wojcicki said that “bad actors” had used the video-sharing site to “mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm” others.

The announcement comes after British Prime Minister Theresa May put heavy pressure on the social media companies to remove radical content after a series of deadly terror-related attacks this year in the U.K.

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Facebook Banned Me for Tying Islamic Terror to…Well, Islam

A week or so ago I was banned (again!) by Facebook for critical comments I made about Islam. I was reported by a Muslim female called Farnaz Javed. This Muslimah frequently carries out Islamic Da‘wah on a Facebook discussion page called “The Great British Political Debate.” In other words, she does very little politics; and what politics she does do is always connected to Islam in some way.

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YouTube Finally Blocks Al-Alwaki Videos

YouTube has finally taken a step toward blocking jihadist recruitment videos from being shown. The company blocked most of the 70,000 videos posted by Anwar al-Alwaki, the leading English-speaking jihadist recruiter on the site.

Did I mention that al-Awlaki has been dead for seven years, after being killed in a drone strike in Yemen?

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Facebook, Social Media, Aiding Jihad; Censoring Those Who Counter Jihad

For the past few years, large social media and other online companies have been seeking to restrict or even criminalize content that could be construed as critical of Islam or Muslims, including when the material simply exposes the words and actions of radical Islamists.

The recent attempt by the digital payment platform, PayPal, to forbid two conservative organizations — Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defense Initiative — from continuing to use the service to receive donations, is a perfect case in point. Although PayPal reversed the ban, its initial move was part of an ongoing war against the free speech of counter-jihadists — those working to expose the ideology, goals, tactics and strategies of Islamic supremacists, and who are trying to defeat or at least to deter the Islamic supremacist global agenda.

Examples of this kind of censorship abound. 

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