Twitter could face legal action over terrorist accounts

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January 1, 2012 10:26

 
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Social media giant Twitter could face legal action in US courts if it continues to allow terrorist organizations al-Shabaab and Hezbollah to use its services, the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) threatened over the weekend.

The Law Center has sent a letter to Twitter CEO Richard Costolo, warning that the company could fall foul of strict US anti-terror legislation by providing social media services to organizations designated as terrorist groups under US law.

Over 7,700 people follow Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV's Twitter account. Al-Manar tweets links back to its Arabic language news site, which features articles condemning the 'Zionist Enemy Entity' alongside a photo gallery of Hezbollah 'martyrs' and a video library of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's speeches.

Somali-based Al-Shabaab, which tweets in English under the username HSM Press Office, has over 7,200 Twitter followers. Its user profile explains that al-Shabaab is 'part of the global struggle towards the revival of the Islamic Khilaafa [Caliphate.]'

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