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TWITTER: WE SUSPENDED 360K ACCOUNTS OVER 'VIOLENT EXTREMISM'


AUGUST 19 -The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter said Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, it has suspended 360,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating its policies banning the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism. AP/Richard Drew, File
Twitter said Thursday it has suspended 360,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating its policies banning the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism. The San Francisco-based company said in a blog post that it has also made progress in preventing users who were suspended from immediately returning to the platform using different accounts, which has been a problem in the past. It said its rate of daily suspensions is up 80 percent since last year, though it did not provide specific numbers. The suspensions spike immediately following terrorist attacks, it said. Twitter noted that there is no magic formula for identifying extremist accounts. Like other social media companies, it uses a variety of tools, including spam-fighting technology, automatic identification as well as reports from users, to help combat abuse. READ MORE...

ALSO: Why ISIS Has Threatened the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter


FEBRUARY 2016 -Islamic State propaganda video. (Photo: Balkis Press / Sipa USA/Newscom)
U.S. social media companies are taking steps to curb support for terrorist causes on their websites. According to news reports, both Facebook and Twitter have rooted out thousands of accounts that either advocate or display sympathy for terrorists—and as a result have reduced the groups’ effectiveness on the Internet.
In response the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released a new propaganda video which threatens Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. This is because social media has played a key role in the strategy of terrorist groups—facilitating access for social network users to weapons and tactical training. Terror groups that have limited geographical reach have been able to expand their global presence via thousands of websites, including social networks. While al-Qaeda was the first terror network to masterminded these techniques, successor groups, such as ISIS, have taken Internet strategy to new level—bursting onto the Internet in the summer of 2014 with a slew of barbaric propaganda videos and hundreds of thousands of Facebook and Twitter accounts. Social media companies were slow to react to ISIS. But in a recent blog post, Twitter stated that it has rooted out 125,000 terrorist-related Twitter accounts since mid-2015, especially related to ISIS. READ MORE...

ALSO: How will Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter define the "Hate" they plan to censor?


JUNE 2016 (AP) -
Bloomberg reports that “U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.” Further, the companies “said it remains a ‘challenge’ to strike the right balance between freedom of expression and hate speech.” It makes perfect sense if you believe in the existence of evil, and therefore of hatred. It’s not just a right, but a moral imperative to forbid it on social media platforms. The most obvious example is, of course, ISIS and whatever other terrorist groups exist. It’s pretty much a unanimous consensus given that even ISIS et. al. would readily admit they hate the West. So why are conservatives alarmed? Why are they pointing I-told-you-so fingers at those – this writer being one -- who recently visited with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, and then vouched for the sincerity of the FB brass (but not other sites) that forcefully stated its desire to work with conservatives? At the meeting at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters the discussion focused on the roles of the “curators,” those individuals hired by the company to ensure that community standards are met. It’s a necessary endeavor but also one that introduces the human factor and, as a result, subjective opinion. It’s not difficult to find the slippery slope where matters of “hatred” are concerned. What is “hate,” as defined by leftists, the very community from which these curators hail? READ MORE...


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Twitter: We suspended 360K accounts over 'violent extremism'


The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter said Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, it has suspended 360,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating its policies banning the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism. AP/Richard Drew, File

NEW YORK, AUGUST 22, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Barbara Ortutay (Associated Press) | Updated August 19, 2016 - Twitter said Thursday it has suspended 360,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating its policies banning the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism.

The San Francisco-based company said in a blog post that it has also made progress in preventing users who were suspended from immediately returning to the platform using different accounts, which has been a problem in the past.

It said its rate of daily suspensions is up 80 percent since last year, though it did not provide specific numbers. The suspensions spike immediately following terrorist attacks, it said.

Twitter noted that there is no magic formula for identifying extremist accounts. Like other social media companies, it uses a variety of tools, including spam-fighting technology, automatic identification as well as reports from users, to help combat abuse.

READ MORE...

The report on its efforts come after Twitter has been criticized for not doing enough to keep extremist groups like Islamic State from using the short-messaging service to crowdsource supporters and potential attackers.

Last week, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Twitter that accused the company of supporting Islamic State by allowing it to sign up for and use Twitter accounts.

The judge agreed with Twitter that the company cannot be held liable because federal law protects service providers that merely offer platforms for speech, without creating the speech itself.

At the same time, Twitter stressed that it was working to combat violent extremism on its service. 


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SECURITYCOMMENTARY
Why ISIS Has Threatened the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter
Helle Dale / @Helledale / February 27, 2016 / comments


Islamic State propaganda video. (Photo: Balkis Press / Sipa USA/Newscom)

COMMENTARY BY

Helle Dale @Helledale
Helle C. Dale is the Heritage Foundation's senior fellow in public diplomacy. Her work focuses on the U.S. government’s institutions and programs for strategic outreach to the public of foreign countries, as well as more traditional diplomacy. Read her research.

U.S. social media companies are taking steps to curb support for terrorist causes on their websites.

According to news reports, both Facebook and Twitter have rooted out thousands of accounts that either advocate or display sympathy for terrorists—and as a result have reduced the groups’ effectiveness on the Internet.

In response the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released a new propaganda video which threatens Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.


The Islamic State (ISIL) has reportedly threatened Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg left) and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (right) over the chief executives’ efforts to combat terrorism on their social-media platforms.

This is because social media has played a key role in the strategy of terrorist groups—facilitating access for social network users to weapons and tactical training. Terror groups that have limited geographical reach have been able to expand their global presence via thousands of websites, including social networks.

While al-Qaeda was the first terror network to masterminded these techniques, successor groups, such as ISIS, have taken Internet strategy to new level—bursting onto the Internet in the summer of 2014 with a slew of barbaric propaganda videos and hundreds of thousands of Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Social media companies were slow to react to ISIS. But in a recent blog post, Twitter stated that it has rooted out 125,000 terrorist-related Twitter accounts since mid-2015, especially related to ISIS.

READ MORE...

“Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service. As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area.”

The company states it has expanded its teams that patrol the service for terrorist postings, particularly those of ISIS sympathizers. According to a Brookings study of ISIS Twitter usage done last year, the actual number of users of such accounts is relatively small, with some hyperactive users operating as many as 2,000 accounts each.

Facebook has been more hands-on than Twitter and has set up at least five offices around the world to police the service. Facebook’s Community Operations team consists of specialists fluent in several dozen languages, and respond to terrorists using the social media network. Terror-related material is taken down and related accounts closed.

Facebook has also instituted community standards policies that ban “support” for terrorist groups, which includes “praising” their leaders or “condoning” violent extremism.

This proactive stance against the manifest abuse of their services has not been taken without resistance from the social media companies though. It has come in response to heavy pressure from the Obama administration, which has repeatedly reached out to Silicon Valley for assistance. There have also been threats of looming Congressional action.

Social media companies have been slow to act in part because they fear being perceived as too close to the U.S. intelligence community. These are understandable concerns.

One Senate provision of a senate intelligence bill last summer, sponsored by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would have required social media companies to report “all terrorist activity” on their networks to intelligence services. Heavy lobbying by trade associations representing social media and tech companies caused it to be removed.

The reluctance of Twitter and Facebook to take the step of deleting accounts related to Islamic terrorism could also be rooted in political correctness.

Twitter and Facebook have been accused of taking down conservative content, and at the same time Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in December announced that he wanted to make Facebook a safe zone for Muslims to communicate. Like the Obama administration these companies are coming reluctantly to the fight against Islamic terrorism or its advocates.

With greater vigilance on the part of the social media companies themselves, it is inevitable that some communication will be driven underground, into the encrypted world of the dark net, where not just terrorist sympathizers will have less access, but also law enforcement.

Yet, as we combat the global radicalization that ISIS has made its specialty, taking down social media accounts and denying the terrorists the desired dominance on the Internet is a critically important step in information warfare.


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How will Facebook, Google and Twitter define the "Hate" they plan to censor?
By L. Brent Bozell III Published June 03, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print AP


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Bloomberg reports that “U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.” Further, the companies “said it remains a ‘challenge’ to strike the right balance between freedom of expression and hate speech.”

It makes perfect sense if you believe in the existence of evil, and therefore of hatred. It’s not just a right, but a moral imperative to forbid it on social media platforms.

The most obvious example is, of course, ISIS and whatever other terrorist groups exist. It’s pretty much a unanimous consensus given that even ISIS et. al. would readily admit they hate the West.

So why are conservatives alarmed?

Why are they pointing I-told-you-so fingers at those – this writer being one -- who recently visited with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, and then vouched for the sincerity of the FB brass (but not other sites) that forcefully stated its desire to work with conservatives?

At the meeting at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters the discussion focused on the roles of the “curators,” those individuals hired by the company to ensure that community standards are met.

It’s a necessary endeavor but also one that introduces the human factor and, as a result, subjective opinion. It’s not difficult to find the slippery slope where matters of “hatred” are concerned.

What is “hate,” as defined by leftists, the very community from which these curators hail?

READ MORE...

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a prominent radical leftist group hell-bent on poisoning society against conservatives, especially the social kind. It features a “Hate Map” with the locations of conservative organizations of all stripes. The Family Research Center, The Center for Security Policy, the Center for Family and Human Rights, ACT for America and the Traditional Values Coalition – these are but a few. And what views do these “haters” hold? Some support traditional marriage, some stopping illegal immigration, some fighting radical Islam.

A writer for the leftist website Salon has his example of hatred – the Confederate flag, which he calls “the American swastika.” “[D]isplaying the Confederate flag anywhere is, at bottom, an act of hate. It should be recognized as such, and punished as a hate crime.” (He later reversed himself, heroically likening his “inconsistency” to that of Frederick Douglas.)

According to “The College Fix,” an employee from Loyola Marymount University was discussing her views on sexual orientation with three students. “Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team [!] are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime.”

The College Republican Chapter at DePaul University stands accused of a “hate crime” for writing Trump’s name in chalk on sidewalks.

Speaking of which, when a pro-life student group at John Hopkins University used a sidewalk to counsel women near an abortion facility, it was denied official campus club recognition by the college student government for promoting “hate speech.”

Google “tea party” and “hate speech” and you get 1,280,000 listings.

Far left agitators branded Brendan Eich a “hater” and forced him to step down as head of the company he founded, Mozilla, because he contributed $1,000 to a traditional marriage referendum in California (which passed). Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A was also targeted as a “hater” for defending traditional marriage. GLAAD’s website features a list of over 100 opponents who serve as media commentators but who should be expelled from civilized society for being “extremists” or “haters.” The list includes six U.S. Catholic bishops.

The “Washington Redskins” is hate speech, too.

The list seems endless. Virtually any belief opposed by the radical left is branded “hatred” and that belief spoken becomes “hate speech.” The goal is to silence the conservative world view through censorship, period. The fringe will use every means available to pressure these online giants to follow suit.

Will Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft comply?

Time will tell.

L. Brent Bozell III is founder and president of the Media Research Center.


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