House Urges Twitter to Ban Hamas

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We’ve got to give Twitter some credit — they’ve already blocked accounts used by Hezbollah and ISIS. But now, Israel Hayom reports, American congressmen are pressuring the company to “stop the spread of terrorism” by Hamas, as well:

Sixteen US lawmakers have called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove “all content promoting terrorist activity” and ban “senior Hamas officials and associates from Twitter who radicalize individuals to incite violence against Israelis.”

In a letter to the San Francisco-based social media giant, the members of Congress warned that if Twitter failed to comply, they will consider legislative measures to ban these accounts…

The lawmakers argued that by not barring these accounts, Twitter may be providing material support to these terrorist groups by allowing them to disseminate their destructive propaganda, which is prohibited under federal law.

“Congress has already determined that providing material support, resources, and intangible assistance to an FTO [Foreign Terrorist Organization] is a federal crime,” the letter reads.

“Furthermore, the Supreme Court has upheld that federal law prohibiting individuals and groups from providing material support to FTOs does not violate the First Amendment. It is imperative that Twitter, a United States Company, bans designated FTOs, removing all content promoting terrorist activity…”

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