Israeli Group May Sue Twitter for Helping Terrorists

I'm not sure why I it had to be an Israeli group that's threatening Twitter with a lawsuit for facilitating terrorism. US law is clear: providing services -- even free ones -- to specially designated terrorist organizations violates federal law. But I'm glad someone is doing it:

an Israeli legal group threatened to sue Twitter for allowing terrorist organizations such as al-Shabaab and Hezbollah to use its services. "It has come to our attention that Twitter Inc. provides social media and associated services to such foreign terrorist organizations," wrote Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center. "Please be advised that (doing so) is illegal and will expose Twitter Inc. and its officers to both criminal prosecution and civil liability to American citizens and others victimized."
Good for them!

In another story today in Forbes, Daniel Freedman argues that the US should not focus on shutting down social media accounts used by terrorists, but:

if, for example, we develop a way to subvert their accounts and redirect followers to counter-narrative websites, explaining why their ideology is wrong, we’ll have a far more lasting impact.
Shutting down terrorists online is an interesting idea -- one that I've been arguing for for years -- and so has suing US companies that facilitate them.

But I don't think our options are limited to just shutting them down or hijacking their accounts. No, there are other options.

Like, killing them. Kill each and every member of a terrorist organization that uses twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or any other social media site.

If you claim to be a member of a terrorist organization, you are fair game. It's not really that hard to track down who these users are. So, let's strap on a set of balls and kill them.

Unless, of course, their use of the internet helps us find bigger fish. In which case, keep them online. For the time being. And then, after we've killed their operational commanders, kill them too.

Yes, killing terrorists is something I support.

H/T: Millblogging and switch_d

Posted by: Rusty at 03:18 PM


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