UK Report on Lee Rigby Murder Faults Facebook


Facebook was the US web firm that the UK said could have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby, according to reports, after it failed to flag a ‘graphic and emotive’ online chat to British intelligence services.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) criticised the company for failing to flag a conversation in which killer Michael Adebowale told another person to kill a soldier, though members of the committee as well as David Cameron have refused to name it. A number of media outlets have now named Facebook as the site at the centre of the allegations.

The ISC said that if the site had told MI5 about the threat, the killing “could have been prevented”. If the exchange in December 2012 had been picked up, Adebowale would have become a top priority for the security services, the report said.

Facebook said that it guards against terrorist content appearing on the site.

"Like everyone else, we were horrified by the vicious murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We don’t comment on individual cases but Facebook’s policies are clear, we do not allow terrorist content on the site and take steps to prevent people from using our service for these purposes."

Which is pretty much a bald faced lie. We find that while those who oppose Islamic Terror groups are regularly harassed and banned from Facebook terrorists and their supporters find a safe haven.

Its unclear if this is because facebook fears backlash from groups such as CAIR accusing them of Islamophobia or if its part of the "Watch Only" policy that intelligence agencies espouse that actually end up being harmful in the long run. Recruits are drawn in at a much higher rate than they can be monitored.

Although now they Cyber Jihad has expanded to such a large extent from the days when Jawa Report was created that a take down policy and interfere policy would be too little way way too late.

A quick check of Facebook today show that Islamic State supporters are still on Facebook chatting away promoting IS and terrorism unmolested by the so called Facebook moderators.

134 Islamic State "likers"

So Facebook can't find the groups with ISIS, ISIL in their name?

(suspended even by twitter) Not Facebook

That took me two minutes, with time I'm sure there is more. And I don't even use Facebook anymore.

Posted by: Howie at 02:01 PM


1 If these companies took a proactive fight against these terrorist supporters, it would be difficult for groups like ISIS to recruit or prepare terrorist attacks. After all these islamic terrorist groups have to rely on the west's technology. We have the upper hand, because we created the technology.

Posted by: Birbal Dhar at November 26, 2014 04:35 AM

2 reported the Islamic Emerite Page as containing acredible threat of violence... The Page was NOT removed...

Posted by: Tim McCorkle at November 28, 2014 08:53 AM

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