Author: Adina Kutnicki
AS the kiddies are wont to scream: liar(s), liar(s) pants on fire!
ALAS, whenever the heat is turned up against social media giants via do-nothing government types (merely seeking to cover their useless butts for failing to protect the public against Islamic jihad), par for the course, voilà, Facebook’s denizens – in reality, censors – lead the pack and trot out the so-called big guns: yes, we are on the job! O RLY?? Meanwhile, truth tellers in alternative media are busy exposing Facebook’s enabling, relative to the continuous stream of heinous acts exploding within America, Israel, and Europe.
Web giants YouTube , Facebook , Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.
The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.
“We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.
Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.
YouTube and Facebook have begun to use hashes to automatically remove extremist content.
But many providers have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates terms of service. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation…..
TO wit, simply knowing about Omar Mateen‘s (June 2016) jihadi barbarism at Orlando’s Pulse Club – whose intentions to kill as many ‘infidels’ as possible were in plain view via Facebook, akin to an endless stream of others – why would anyone believe the tech giant intends to cease its enabling now? Rhetorical.
In the hours after he blasted his way into a Orlando gay nightclub, and with his victims lying dead or wounded around him, Omar Mateen took to Facebook to pledge his loyalty to ISIS and threaten more attacks on the civilized world, a key lawmaker privy to the gunman’s posts told FoxNews.com Wednesday.
Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 inside Pulse early Sunday, died when a SWAT team stormed the club. But in the roughly four hours between his initial rampage and his death, the 29-year-old radicalized Muslim broadcast his twisted message of hate on social media, according to Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.
“I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” Mateen wrote in one post early Sunday morning. “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west” …“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”
Mateen’s social media accounts were taken down before they could be widely viewed by the public, but Johnson’s committee investigators have uncovered some or all of them. The senator has also written a letter to Facebook executives expressing concern about Mateen’s postings and asking for more information on his activities.
“It is my understanding that Omar Mateen used Facebook before and during the attack to search for and post terrorism-related content,” read Johnson’s letter. “According to information obtained by my staff, five Facebook accounts were apparently associated with Omar Mateen.”
The posts uncovered by Johnson’s committee shed light on Mateen’s actions in the hours that followed his 2 a.m. raid on the nightclub. Mateen, armed with a Sig Sauer MCX rifle and a handgun, shot his way past an off-duty cop and sprayed bullets throughout the club, which was packed with more than 300 revelers when he arrived. Some escaped, many died or were wounded and scores more waited out the horrific ordeal, knowing each moment could be their last.
As survivors cowered in darkened rooms, praying and texting police and relatives, Mateen accessed his Facebook account to search for media reports, using search words such as “Pulse Orlando” and “Shooting.” An FBI source told FoxNews.com he also made 16 phone calls from inside the club after the bloody spree began. Investigators are tracking down each of the recipients of those calls.
Mateen proclaimed his hatred for Westerners in one Facebook post uncovered by Johnson’s committee.
“America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state,” Mateen wrote.
In his final post, Mateen made an ominous prediction.
“In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa.”
Besides looking for information on himself, Johnson noted Mateen used Facebook to search for information on the jihadist couple behind the Dec. 2 San Bernardino attack, used the search term “Baghdadi Speech,” and scouted for posts by local law enforcement and FBI, Johnson told FoxNews.com.
Johnson called on Facebook to hand over all information the company has on Mateen for review and to brief his committee on all of Mateen’s activity logs, Facebook timeline information, Facebook messages, photos, and posts by June 29.
Facebook officials confirmed to FoxNews.com they have received Johnson’s letter.
SO fast forward five months later to Ohio State’s jihadi, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, and guess what? It happened again!
The Israel-based civil rights organization, Shurat Hadin, today released a YouTube video in a campaign to support its two major lawsuits against Facebook for inciting terrorism.
The video comes shortly after a stabbing and car-ramming attack by a Muslim Ohio State University student last week which closely followed the student’s posting a rant on his Facebook page.
That attack and video underscore Shurat HaDin’s lawsuits against Facebook, pending in a district court in Brooklyn, New York. A hearing to decide whether those cases can proceed to trial is scheduled for January 19, 2017.
The video, “Who’s Behind Terror? Rewind!,” inspired by the movie “Memento,” opens with a slow-motion replay of a terrorist bomb attack in New York City, then rewinds time 10 minutes, then two hours, then 24 hours, then three months, to show the key moments when Facebook helped incite the terrorist to act.
“Facebook and other social media platforms have become a crucial component for international terror, the same as guns, bombs and money,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the founder of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center. “For years now, Facebook has continued to provide a platform for terrorist incitement despite repeated warnings. This has become one of today’s top global threats. Social media platforms want to believe terror has nothing to do with them and that they have unlimited immunity and can do whatever they want. We are going to put an end to it.”
Shurat HaDin’s first case against Facebook, Cohen v. Facebook, was filed after the wave of stabbing attacks in 2015 to stop allowing Palestinian terrorists to incite for violent attacks against Israeli citizens and Jews on its internet platform.
In this case, Shurat HaDin seeks to shut down terrorist pages on Facebook not because of their content but because by allowing this content, Facebook allegedly facilitates terrorism by providing services to terrorists. The case seeks an injunction forcing Facebook to actively monitor and block such pages, similarly to the way banks block transactions with known terrorists.
In a second lawsuit, Force v. Facebook, Shurat HaDin seeks $1 billion in damages on behalf the families of five Israeli victims of the terrorist group Hamas. This case, under the U.S. Antiterrorism Act, charges Facebook with providing material support and resources to Hamas – a “foreign terrorist organization” – in the form of Facebook services that the group used to carry out terrorist actions.
“One cannot transfer even one dollar to Hamas because banks know not to permit transactions with terrorists, but Hamas and known Hamas officials can open Facebook pages, and use Facebook to recruit terrorists and aggrandize terrorism,” said attorney Robert J. Tolchin, who represents the plaintiffs in Brooklyn as the local counsel for Shurat HaDin.
“Facebook’s sophisticated platform and services are used by terrorists for communication, logistics, intelligence, fundraising and even prestige,” Shurat HaDin said in filing the first lawsuit. “Facebook has the data and the capability to cease providing services to terrorists, and it has chosen not to do so.”
Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center, is an Israel-based civil rights organization which combats terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them in the courtroom via lawsuits on behalf of the terror victims. Shurat HaDin seeks to bankrupt the terror groups and grind their criminal activities to a halt – one lawsuit at a time.
BUT if more evidence is required as to past being prologue, well, there are so many examples that it would require a sequel to ‘BANNED: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad’! However, if one is a prime exemplar, this is itbecause it goes back to 2014 and is a mirror image of countless others!
Users of Facebook have reported this week that the website is refusing to take down a known ISIS terror group fan page titled “Shia Ibn E Mutta” (a derogatory term for Shia marriages). The fan page has nearly 6,000 members, and adoringly quotes Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, founder of al Qaeda in Iraq who was killed by U.S. forces in 2006.
The most recent quote from al-Zarqawi is an exhortation for followers to attack the Iraqi government. The United States believes that al-Zarqawi was responsible for more than 700 deaths in Iraq alone, and has designated his group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
In attempts to report the fan page as hate speech, Facebook responds with a nondescript message simply saying “This page wasn’t removed.” In the response, Facebook says “We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”No further explanation is provided, and users are thanked for their contribution.
WHAT else is there to say?
IN a nutshell, if selling a pig in a poke has become the acceptable barometer, norm, and standard for truthfulness, well, Facebook (et al.) is to be believed. On the other hand, if truth has any meaning left, suffice to suggest that Facebook’s honchos wouldn’t know it if it smacked them upside their collective heads.
INDEED, one only has to read Chapter 7 from ‘BANNED: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad’ – ‘Facebook’s Counter-Terror Efforts: Closing The Barn Doors After The Horses Have Escaped’ – to understand the depth and extent of Zuckerberg’s bold-faced tall tales.