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

· April 5, 2018  
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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.

“Over 1.2 Million Accounts Suspended for Terrorist Content Since August 2015,” reads the first section of the transparency report.

“We continue to see the positive, significant impact of years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism, resulting in this type of activity increasingly shifting away from Twitter,” the social media company wrote, touting its supposed suppression of terrorist 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.

The U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas, which openly calls for the annihilation of Israel and the West as a whole, has multiple social media accounts on the platform. The group has pages that it regularly updates in English, Arabic, and French. Additionally, many Hamas officials operate personal Twitter pages.

A prominent pro-Hezbollah Twitter account, @ResistanceER, continues to operate openly on the platform as well. Hezbollah is another U.S.-designated terrorist organization.

The account for Muslim Brotherhood preacher Yusuf Al Qaradawi still remains on Twitter. Qaradawi has in the past used his platform to endorse suicide bombings against U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Israeli troops.

The account for the global Muslim Brotherhood remains on Twitter. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in the early 20th century with the goal to install a worldwide Sunni Islamic caliphate. Its alumni include 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. Its slogan goes: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” The group has been outlawed in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Russia. Both incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have supported designating the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The terrorist regime in Iran, which current and former U.S. administrations consider the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism, maintains several organizational and personal Twitter accounts, even as the country bans the social media outfit for its citizens.

Additionally, the Taliban posts a plethora of terrorist material on a regular basis.

And many more U.S.-designated terror groups, such as FARC, the PLFP, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Communist Party of the Philippines, the Tamil Tigers, and countless others have Twitter accounts. These are but a handful of examples of terrorist groups and promoters operating openly on Twitter. The question remains: Who or what groups, exactly, were suspended in Twitter’s highly touted great purge of terrorists?

 


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.