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March 7, 2015 1:13 pm

Report: Islamic State Controls Up to 90,000 Twitter Accounts Worldwide

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Web-savvy militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq could control as many as 90,000 Twitter accounts worldwide, allowing them to spread their sickening propaganda with ease.

The terror group is able to ‘exert an outsized impact on how the world perceives it’ because of its shrewd use of social media and sheer number of online followers, terror experts have concluded.

Read full story at the Daily Mail.

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  • Julian Covelley


    This is just another part of the attempt to seize control of the Internet as a massive surveillance network

    Anyone using the internet regularly is well aware of such practices as astroturfing anyway.

    Here in Australia largely beat up “terrorist threats” are being used as a means of persuading people of the necessity to allow continuous internet snooping on a grand scale

    This includes surveillance of parliamentarians of all parties and all state and federal Parliaments. Some MPs have gone along with it – thinking their own activities are protected from Gestapo-style snooping by Parliamentary Privilege.. They aren’t

    The open internet is the biggest tool for preserving freedom that democracy has found in many decades. Any need for greater responsibility in the behavioural sense lies with individual sites and services

    All the time that intelligence services are seeking new ways of invading privacy, tens of millions of internet IT experts are finding ways to circumvent procedures. As a result these attempts to control and monitor the internet tend to be counter productive. Sometimes it is better not to rock the boat but rather to deal with a few misbehaving crew members individually instead.

    If you push political activity into more elite security protocols them for some you make it more attractive when we should be trying to make it recognisable for what it often really is – extremely silly.