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Twitter Tackles Terrorists In Targeted Takedown (betanews.com) 105

Mark Wilson writes: Having previously battled trolls, Twitter has now turned its attention to terrorists and their supporters. The site has closed down more than 125,000 accounts associated with terrorism since the middle of 2015, it announced in a statement. Although a full breakdown of figures is not provided, Twitter says most of these accounts were related to ISIS. Having increased the size of its account review team, the site has reduced the time it takes to investigate accounts that are reported, and has also started to investigate 'accounts similar to those reported'.
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Twitter Tackles Terrorists In Targeted Takedown

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  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Saturday February 06, 2016 @10:29AM (#51452543)

    firsT posT

    • Should have dropped the In and used ; instead

      Too bad the new new slashdot is just more and more timothy.

      Why do they continue to let this moron post stories?

    • "Triumphantly treading titanium testicle territory," tittered tendentious Timothy.
    • I think you mean, Totally Teeming with T's, Timothy.

    • Timothy tackled the title in this tale--truly triggering end times with his (touch)typing talent

      Would be terrorists think twice re ISIS

      ta-ta o/

      Apologies to teknologists/readers

    • It's not that many T's, everyone knows Ptimothy doesn't start with a T.
  • LOL ... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Saturday February 06, 2016 @10:32AM (#51452549) Homepage

    Holy alliteration Batman!!

    We need more of that.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    that you will be labeled a terrorist if you disagree with the agenda and the status quo, and thus not allowed on Twitter etc.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 06, 2016 @10:43AM (#51452585)

    Of course twitter is a private service and can have whatever policies it wants. But when the whole world communicates with about 2 total services like that, silencing someone there is tantamount to complete censorship. It makes them go underground, where their message of hate becomes even harder to combat.

    No, it's best to shine a bright light on their bullshit. Let them say it all they want. The right answer to offensive speech is (1) more speech that makes it clear how fucked up their world view is, and (2) giving people good ways to chose what they listen to, but putting that power in their own hands, not having a central authority decide what is acceptable and what is not.

    Turning the internet into something controlled and "safe" is not a good idea, no matter how nasty the speech in question. But we're now centralizing all communication on Twitter and Facebook. The power to do this to ISIS is the power to do it to political dissidents and human rights activists and politically inconvenient people. We should think very, very carefully about what it means to give just a few companies that much control over how literally billions of people communicate.

    • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday February 06, 2016 @11:07AM (#51452651)

      This. Exactly this.

      The correct answer to people spouting bullshit is to call out their bullshit. Don't silence them by squelching them, silence them by showing them that they are wrong, that they are not the "vocal minority that dares to say what others only think", but that they are a loudmouth few who babble what everyone else knows is BULLSHIT.

      • This. Exactly this.

        The correct answer to people spouting bullshit is to call out their bullshit. Don't silence them by squelching them, silence them by showing them that they are wrong, that they are not the "vocal minority that dares to say what others only think", but that they are a loudmouth few who babble what everyone else knows is BULLSHIT.

        ISS don't use Twitter to engage in debate with their critics, it's just a propaganda and recruiting tool.

        Trying to have a rational discussion with psychotic fascists is pointless. You are never going to convince them they're wrong. It's like arguing with a Nazi on whether or not it's a good idea to exterminate the Jews.

        I see absolutely no reason why anyone sane would want to give them any help at all in promoting their message. You can't stop them publishing their crap on the internet anyway, but i

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      when the whole world communicates with about 2 total services

      The problem are not Twitter's policies, the problem is we rely on 2 services, that happen to be proprietary and non-compatible with competitors, effectively preventing competition to appear.

      • Indeed, competition would have such a high burden... they might have to ssh into a server and enter some cryptic command like "dnf install ejabberd" and hire a sysadmin for at least 4 hours to set it up. They would also have to create a website.

        A more pressing problem is that you might be targeting people unwilling to pay anything, and they might be willing to consume whatever level of services you are capable of providing.

        And you kids should be advised of the existence of email, email lists, and online com

      • when the whole world communicates with about 2 total services

        The problem are not Twitter's policies, the problem is we rely on 2 services, that happen to be proprietary and non-compatible with competitors, effectively preventing competition to appear.

        The whole point of the internet is that you are not limited to mainstream, officially approved or commercially motivated services. If you want to communicate about terrorism or child porn or hiring a hit man or anything else that is illegal, you are free to give it a try, but you really can't complain when large mainstream companies won't want to touch you with a barge pole.

        The internet is not limited to Twitter and Facebook. I use neither service, but strangely I don't feel like I'm being censored or re

    • by KGIII ( 973947 )

      That is countered by those who, right or wrong, will judge and make noise about them, "aiding and abetting." (I might as well continue the alliteration.)

      So, for better or worse, they are "doing something." Smart people might go, "WTF? You're just making them harder to find and track." Alas, there do not appear to be too many smart people and the smarter people are generally not the noisy ones. So, you get stuff like this. I mean, you wouldn't want to be accused of aiding and abetting terrorist communication

    • by Falos ( 2905315 )

      >The site has banned more than 125,000 accounts after people hit the "Reported for terrorism" button

      FTFY

      No need to thank me, long as I get an equal amount of "fought terrorism" credits. Yes, I know they're counterfeit, that's obvious, but like them I don't care.

    • I'm still using ICQ. Maybe there isn't actually a shortage of services? What then? What if XMPP services can be installed out of the box on any cheap VPS? What then?

      There is no need to create fake freedoms, like the right to speak for twitter because you don't have your own platform to kick people out of.

  • twitter is private so it is in fact free to do as it wishes. twitter can be the prosecution, judge, and executioner, in a private space owned by it

    but all people who love freedom will note well and remember , that by this action it is freely indicating that what it wishes is to do is to obey the western secular 'liberal' establishment and its agenda, same that is invading countries, looting resources, running torture camps, sanctioning coups, drone killing children, spying on everyone, etc etc,. twitter is

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I fear that despite all the scientific advancements we have made over the last two or three hundred years, despite the technology we now have at our disposal, we are descending into another dark age.

    Basically, I would rather know what these crack pot followers of Mohamed or Jesus or whoever are up to than have it hidden from me. At least with openness there is some slight chance of entering into a debate about what really bothers them.

     

    • While there are plenty of muslim and Christian crackpots,o only the muslims kill, torture, rape, burn, etc. women and children indiscriminately.
      • by ShaunC ( 203807 )

        While there are plenty of muslim and Christian crackpots,o only the muslims kill, torture, rape, burn, etc. women and children indiscriminately.

        Tell that to the victims of abortion clinic bombings.

        • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

          Tell that to the victims of abortion clinic bombings.

          I can't even remember one of those happening here in Canada, and if I remember right the last one in the US happened almost 30 years ago. They were ostracized and called batshit insane by the Christians even the crack-pot Christians.

          Muslims though? You hear a blip here and there, like the organizational leader of a group of mosques here in Canada saying all mosques should be under surveillance and so on. And then you hear the rest of them going nope, we're fine...followed up by chanting god is great and

          • Tell that to the victims of abortion clinic bombings.

            I can't even remember one of those happening here in Canada, and if I remember right the last one in the US happened almost 30 years ago.

            Three people were killed in a shooting at an abortion clinic in Novermber 2015.

            And, no, it doesn't make any difference that it's not a bombing, terrorism is terrorism.

            The point is not the number of actual murders, it's more about the underlying beliefs of a significant minority of Christians and the lower level day-to-day harrassment associated with the issue.

        • Tell that to the thousands of innocents killed, raped, burned, tortured, etc. Your counter argument of a dozen people killed by Christians is legit but in no way comparable to the horrors the muslims inflict on the world.
    • We are descending into a dark age. We have a culture of death, where we've replaced reproduction with immigration. This has been true for decades, and is becoming more pronounced with the passage of time. We have too many elderly, and our women are facing ever increasing pressure to choose service over family, creating a spiral effect. We will reach a point where we don't have the numbers to keep the infrastructure going. Our modern technological society relies on myriad resources being available, and

  • We all know how the slippery slope works, and we see it on Twitter. Banning actual terrorist groups, then shadowbanning conservatives, now fiddling with hashtags to prevent politically incorrect ideas. Just like Facebook, Twitter has gone down the path of "safe spaces" that will result in the death of all actual interaction, replaced by a Potemkin virtual village of happy idiots discussing inoffensive nonsense and celebrities
  • by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Saturday February 06, 2016 @11:36AM (#51452727) Homepage Journal
    First they came for the trolls...I didn't care because I wasn't a troll.
    Then they came for the terrorists...I didn't care because I wasn't a terrorist.
    Then they came for the guys with ironic beards...and I started caring.
    • Hah! Good one. I had to look that one up 'cause I'm so unhip it's a wonder that my bum doesn't fall off.

      "Ironic Facial Hair is novelty facial hair grown with the intention of being "ironic"... Although the results are usually about as ironic as that song by Alanis Morisette. It is generally considered a hipster term. "

    • First they came for the trolls...I didn't care because I wasn't a troll. Then they came for the terrorists...I didn't care because I wasn't a terrorist. Then they came for the guys with ironic beards...and I started caring.

      Trolls can be amusing, terrorists can sometimes be genuine freedom fighters. But there is never any excuse for ironic beards.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is all part of a larger trend of Twitter becoming increasing irrelevant, but much more interesting to me is the #RIPTwitter hashtag and Twitter's burying of it.

    For everyone who hasn't been following Twitter recently, Twitter has announced that they're getting rid of the reverse chronological timeline and will be switching everyone over to an "algorithm-based curated out-of-order timeline" some time next week - essentially that horrible thing Facebook did to force companies to pay money to make their po

  • Propaganda (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MrL0G1C ( 867445 ) on Saturday February 06, 2016 @12:15PM (#51452851) Journal

    "The site has closed down more than 125,000 accounts associated with terrorism"

    ^ This, folks is what's known as propaganda and it's utter BS.

    It doesn't take more than a couple of seconds of logical thought to realise that either the 125,000 number is wrong or the accounts are not associated with terrorism, unless you include talking about terrorism to mean 'associated with terrorism'

    It's sad that people fall for this kind of crap.

  • Twitter Tackles Terrorists Through Targeted Takedown

    The original headline could imply that the terrorists were in the middle of a targeted takedown when twitter tackled them.

  • if terrorism is maiming and killing innocents to incite fear in forwarding a political or religious agenda...

    wouldn't that make the United States government the biggest terrorists on the planet? So Twitter will be taking down accounts of them and their supporters?

  • by Dereck1701 ( 1922824 ) on Saturday February 06, 2016 @12:58PM (#51453055)

    I wonder what their definition of 'terrorists' is, somehow I bet it isn't quite what people are thinking. When the US was bombing the heck out of Iraq/Afghanistan they simply labeled everyone that they killed as "terrorists". When it started to come to light that women and pre teen children were included in those numbers they did finally limit their tally, to including anyone they killed who was armed, including reporters with large scary cameras.

  • by troll -1 ( 956834 ) on Saturday February 06, 2016 @01:44PM (#51453367)
    CIA account is still active.
  • Just put them in a black hole so nobody else on the Internet sees the tweets unless you're logged into said account. And maybe people on law enforcement accounts used to track the terrorists.

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