Islamist Terrorists Shifting from Web to Social Media

Facebook, Twitter grapple with terrorists’ use of social media for messaging, communications

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are grappling with terrorists who are moving from websites to microblogs as a way to spread propaganda, recruit members, and communicate.

Feds Studying How to Use Twitter For ‘Depression Surveillance’

$82,800 study will examine social media to study depression
Young seeking mental health support / AP

The federal government is studying how to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people.

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide “population level depression monitoring” through the social media site.

‘Liking’ Hate

Group calls on Facebook to suspend account of Iranian Supreme Leader
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei / AP

Facebook has not responded to calls for it to remove the official account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who critics say uses the social networking site to disseminate radical propaganda.

Twitter Is for Moral Positioning

We should treat Twitter as super serial as Manbearpig

There was a big ole Twitter freakout over this wonky-wonk-wonk—ooh, look at the chart!—take on “what Twitter is for.” There was much discussion, and much mockery, all doled out 140 characters at a time on the social media site. (I even partook in a bit of it myself.)

But because this is a serious blog filled with serious topics, allow me to cast aside such frivolity to write a bit about what Twitter is actually for, at least for a subset of its users: positioning oneself as a morally acceptable, super serial person.

Nick Kristof’s Piggishness

NYT columnist retweets message comparing pro-Israel group to pigs
Nicholas Kristof / Twitter

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is facing criticism after retweeting a controversial message that referred to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association as “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America.

Terror Tweets

A person claiming to be an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist uses Twitter, YouTube
Omar Hammami / YouTube

A suspected al Qaeda terrorist who is listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list has been disseminating jihadi propaganda via his Twitter and YouTube accounts, according to terrorism experts.

Terror Twitter

FBI fails to order removal of terrorist, Jihadist Twitter accounts, lawmakers claim
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A group of lawmakers has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to order Twitter to remove the accounts of multiple U.S.-designated terrorist groups from the micro-blogging site and warned that Twitter’s failure to do so could be a violation of U.S. law.

Subordination in Cairo

Embassy official released apologetic statement despite State Dept. instructions not to
U.S. Embassy logo

A mid-level staffer named Larry Schwartz is responsible for a series of statements and Twitter messages from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that sparked a political firestorm Tuesday over America’s response to the attacks on its consulate, according to Foreign Policy.