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Terrorist Recruitment Through Social Media

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Last week we reported on the arrest of Hezbollah terrorists who were recruiting in the West Bank via Facebook. Now, Israel Hayom's Nitsana Darshan-Leitner writes that the culpable social media outlets are not only allowing the recruitment and incitement of terrorists on their platforms, they are actually benefiting from the traffic:

Not surprisingly, the contact between the Hezbollah members and the fresh recruits took place mainly on Facebook, where the initial contact was established and where the sides continued to communicate afterward. Hezbollah members formed ties with Israeli Arabs in the same manner.

This should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone familiar with the issue of incitement on social media. For the last year, we at Shurat Hadin -- Israel Law Center have been stressing the importance of the social media arena. You could say that the incitement industry has been behind most of the terrorist attacks in Israel this past year, and social media incitement plays a key role in that industry.

What is especially egregious about this phenomenon on Facebook and other social media networks is that the social media platforms themselves actually benefit from the traffic generated by videos inciting to violence and terrorism, and clips that recruit terrorists and provide precise instructions on how to execute terrorist attacks. Everything is worth money, and a lot of it. Social networks can censor anything they want, but they choose not to. Sex, incidentally, they censor. But the murder of Jews is given a free pass on the internet...

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