That’s a lot of a “handful of ‘extremists.’” We are constantly admonished that jihad terrorism is the work of just a tiny minority of Muslims, and that there are “extremists” in every religion, but this story gives the lie to all that propaganda. There were a million jihad terrorists operating on Twitter, and there are no doubt many more there still. Where are the million Christian “extremists” or Jewish “extremists”? Where is the violence they are doing in the name of their religions? The world has a massive problem with Islamic jihad terrorism that is only made worse by relentless denial and obfuscation.
“Twitter has suspended more than 1 million accounts for terrorism, but Australia says there’s more work to be done,” by David Lipson, ABC.net.au, November 7, 2018 (thanks to Tom):
Twitter is clearly proud of its achievements in the fight against terrorism. In 20 months, the social media platform suspended more than 1.2 million accounts for terrorist content.
And thanks to purpose-built early detection technology, 75 per cent of those accounts were suspended before they could even thumb out their first tweet.
“Twitter has been at the forefront of responding to the evolving challenge of preventing terrorist exploitation of the internet,” a spokesperson for Twitter told the ABC.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is also impressed, describing the 1.2-million figure as an “incredible number” after co-hosting a sub-regional meeting on counter-terrorism in Jakarta.
But Mr Dutton said there was still much more work to be done.
“It’s a significant figure but it may just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of the quantum that we need to deal with, not only today, but as the use of social media increases as the years go by,” Mr Dutton said.
He also called on all social media platforms to do more in the fight against terrorism online.
“This is a very serious and significant issue and we need better engagement from those social media companies,” he said.
Mr Dutton said at the meeting of the Five Eyes intelligence grouping (Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada) in Australia in August: “It was very hard to get the companies to turn up to be part of the conversation and that was incredibly disappointing.”
He said social media companies had a “specific obligation” to assist law enforcement organisations in the fight against terrorism, particularly encrypted messaging services.
“People in Australia or people in Indonesia would expect law enforcement and intelligence agencies to be able to detect a message which was being conveyed over a social media platform that, had it not been detected, could have resulted in the loss of significant lives,” he said….
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