Twitter and Google have started a social war with Isis. The social media outlets have been popular for terrorists to recruit, radicalize and raise money.
Twitter has already shut down 125,000 accounts since January 2015 and at least 46,000 of those twitter accounts were used by Isis supporters.
Twitter released in a statement “We have increased the size of the teams that review reports, reducing our response time significantly. We have already seen results,
including an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of twitter.”
Google has also joined in on the fight. Google just started a anti-extremism ad campaign.
Anyone who tries to use the search engine to find Isis related content would be shown anti-radicalization links run by non profit organizations.
However, according to twitter there really is no magic algorithm to just wipe out Isis.
The question that some of us may be wondering is, “Why can’t the FCC just shut those pages down?”
According to Paul Wallace, a Political Science Professor and Terrorism specialist says using private sectors would be smarter but it’s also challenging,”you have to have fantastic mathematical kind of formula to get key words and to find which ones you want to look at and very often that’s too late” and “we as American’s just don’t want that- we want our privacy.”
Isis has started to now use another network of choice- Diaspora.
Diaspora is a non profit social site that has independently owned pods- making it difficult for administrators to remove inappropriate content. Paul Fennewald who is a former state homeland security coordinatorsays Diaspora is a prime example of “groups that threaten us and endanger our youth, [Isis] will always be one step ahead of us in using technologyagainst us.”
What can we do if we see something suspicious online? According to Homeland Security, reaching out to law enforcement is a good place to start or you can submit
a tip to the state intelligence center on their website, www.miacx.org