Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Twitter Assists Terror
Facebook Shuts Down Taliban Recruiting Account -Caitlin Dewey
Over the weekend, Facebook shut down a recruiting page for the Pakistani Taliban.
At the same time, Hamas' Twitter account, @alqassambrigade, has nearly 43,000 followers.
Is Twitter Above the Law? -David Brog
Twitter must certainly recognize that not everyone is entitled to the privilege of a Twitter account. If a Mexican drug cartel used the site to brag about its latest mass beheadings, I suspect that Twitter would shut them down.
So why is Twitter allowing a terrorist group with American blood on its hands to operate freely on its service? The military wing of Hamas - the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades - uses a twitter account to threaten Israeli civilians and brag about the missiles they fire at Israeli population centers. We are not talking about law-abiding citizens who sympathize with Hamas. Such independent advocacy is clearly and completely protected by the First Amendment. What we are talking about here is a page run by the terrorists themselves.
The U.S. government has designated Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It is illegal for any U.S. company to provide "material support" to such an organization.