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Monday, January 02, 2012

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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At 9:59 AM, Blogger Warren Crocker Herrick said...

The problem is that Twitter can be used to keep an eye on them. Also, as we all know, following someone doesn't mean you agree with what they are saying.


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