TWITTER VS ISIS
Twitter has been profoundly criticized for not effectively policing the presence of extremist groups like ISIS/ISIL, the so-called Islamic State. Due to the terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino County, the pressure has heated up from the Obama administration and the presidential candidates.
The extremist group uses social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to spread misinformation and to attract and train new recruits. In the past, ISIS has used Twitter to publicize executions of terrorist activities and celebrate them.
Recently, Twitter declared that it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 that were involved in threatening or promoting terrorist acts in any manner. Later, it also confirmed that the majority of accounts were related to ISIS.
Twitter said that “We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism.” The Us-based firm relies on users to alert the company about any violations to the company’s policies and has increased its report reviewing teams so as to react
faster. Twitter also said that “We have already seen results that include an increase in account suspensions and such activity shifting off of Twitter.”
After an update on December 2015, Twitter rules put a blanket ban on hateful conduct. It also has a policy that addresses the problem of violent threats – “You may not make threats of violence, or promote any violent activity, which includes threatening or promoting terrorism.”
The statements also showed that it was difficult to identify PRO-ISIS tweets due to the nonexistence of a “magic algorithm” that might be capable of pinpointing online content which is genuinely terrorist.
The Obama administration and the Department of Defense have frequently referred to the use of social networking sites as a recruitment tool for the ISIS. After Twitter declared this news, the White House said that Twitter’s announcement was “very much welcome”.
Twitter is also co-operating with law enforcement and online organizations to work against the terrorist recruitment online and abuse.