Twitter is being sued for letting ISIS “flourish on the service”


We have seen how ISIS has used social media to propagate their heinous agenda to the masses. The terror organization has become a headache for social networks as they continue to weed out the numerous accounts opened by their members and it seems one of them will be having a bigger headache.

According to a report by the WSJ, Twitter is being sued by the wife of a person who was killed in Jordan after a terror attack. The lawsuit was quoted as saying

“Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits. This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks.”

Two months ago, a hacktivist group by the name Anonymous had made it its mission to weed out all ISIS accounts on Twitter and were able to take down quite a number in one day. Later on, Twitter went on to say that the list of accounts affiliated to ISIS that Anonymous were wildly inaccurate. Twitter also reported that they had a dedicated team involving people with a specific skill set to identify and take down accounts affiliated with the terror group. According to a report, they estimate there are around 70,000 accounts affiliated with ISIS which is huge by any measure.

Twitter is not the only one who has come under fire regarding the ISIS problem. A while ago, Facebook suspended a suer because her name had ISIS in it and it took some time before it was solved. Social media too has been used to take down the terror group as shown by the actions by the US Air-force and the use of AI but the ISIS problem is yet to be completely dealt with.