After years of using the social media platform, 3 accounts of Terrorist leaders have been suspended.
Twitter has been pretty light on Al-Qaeda for years, but suddenly the jihadists couldn’t tweet.
Twitter has suspended the account of Jordanian preacher and al-Qaida spiritual leader Abu Qatada, along with two other influential scholars aligned with the extremist group.
The three accounts, which between them had tens of thousands of followers and were used several times a day, were at the heart of an online network of al-Qaida supporters, said Cole Bunzel, scholar of jihadism at Princeton University. Bunzel tweeted:
— Cole Bunzel (@colebunzel) December 26, 2016
Twitter has cracked down heavily on Isis supporters, leading them to shift towards alternative messaging services including Telegram, but al-Qaida supporters have not been so heavily targeted.
“Twitter has been a permissive forum for supporters of al-Qaida as compared to supporters of the Islamic State who have been pushed off,” Bunzel said. “The focus of these crackdowns has been on the Islamic State.”
This is in contrast to the way they have handled Conservatives.
There are many, many instances of anti-conservative bias on Twitter.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 22, 2016
What do you think of Twitter’s decision?
Do they have a right to determine who does and doesn’t use their platform?
Are they suppressing speech?
Are they preventing jihadists spreading their message of hate?
Let us know in the comments.