Shurat HaDin warns Twitter
Israeli-based Shurat HaDin has warned Twitter that it could face possible legal action if it continues to allow designated terrorist groups
to hold accounts.
The Law Center has sent a letter to Twitter CEO Richard Costolo, warning that the company could fall foul of strict US anti-terror legislation by providing social media services to organizations designated as terrorist groups under US law.
Over 7,700 people follow Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV's Twitter account. Al-Manar tweets links back to its Arabic language news site, which features articles condemning the 'Zionist Enemy Entity' alongside a photo gallery of Hezbollah 'martyrs' and a video library of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's speeches.
Somali-based Al-Shabaab, which tweets in English under the username HSM Press Office, has over 7,200 Twitter followers. Its user profile explains that al-Shabaab is 'part of the global struggle towards the revival of the Islamic Khilaafa [Caliphate.]'
Both Hezbollah and al-Shabaab have been designated foreign terrorist organizations by the US government, and al-Manar TV is listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity.
Law Center Director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said that by permitting al-Shabaab and Hezbollah to run accounts, Twitter is violating US anti-terror laws, and cites a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court, which found that providing any assistance or support to terrorists is illegal.
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