Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Facebook and the Taliban: the risk of cyber jihad social

How to control terrorist activities on social networks? This is a dilemma for security services and service providers: protection from censorship, there is not one. An open door for groups like the Taliban Afghan-Pakistani media towards horizons without geographical limits.

Like other terrorist organizations, Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are keenly interested in social networks and the opportunities they offer. In early December, a suspected page edited by Pakistani TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban), was deleted by Facebook. Facilitator, and announced that "the pen is mightier than the sword" , offering volunteer English use this powerful weapon for his writing group. offered there including jobs for translators and videographers.

This is the social network itself, at the time, a statement on the fence quickly. Only 270 people had the time to "like" the page. "We have rules that prohibit hate speech, attacks against individuals or groups or glorifying terrorism" , announced the American giant. Specialized teams would be devoted to this witch hunt, or other Islamists, whose words may hide a different reality.

Social networks are now one of the main vectors of awareness, reasoning and terrorist recruitment. 90% of them are active on these, Facebook and Twitter in mind. They spread their propaganda in the form of texts and videos. They also meet potential candidates for radicalization or jihad: the canvas is a great way to network and make contacts.


The Taliban were not with this page, their first time. A few weeks earlier, in late September, the Australian press was concerned about the emergence of a curious espionage campaign on Facebook. Taliban forces created profiles of attractive young women they used to get in touch with deployed soldiers Afghanistan. A means of obtaining information and intelligence on potential strategic transactions. A phenomenon that has pointed to the need teaching on this issue, a reality of everyday life for an entire generation of young soldiers. Britain had launched a shock especially to warn of risks associated with Facebook.

That prohibit social networks concerned? The subject is controversial within the digital community. Deleted pages, including Taliban groups, or Hezbollah are mainly because they are regarded by the West as terrorist groups. Social networks have not dared to reverse, cut the thread Hamas twitter Palestinian (43,000 + followers), whose nature is more difficult to identify.

The same problem arose in the digital communication campaign conducted by the Israeli army operation in parallel with its Pillar Defence on the Gaza Strip last November. drone If a video having eliminated the Hamas military leader has was censored by Youtube and others about equally controversial were widely disseminated, as bloody portrait of the latter, amid charges of terrorism.

In France, the debate is born with the case Merah. Attention is then focused on a number of Islamist websites about the particularly aggressive. Nicolas Sarkozy was then considered a measure of the most difficult to apply , which would allow users attending penalize sites. The main danger of these platforms, which some researchers minimize the ability to recruit , is its ability to reach directly without any filter, target audiences (allied, neutral or enemy). Remains to be asked about the level of competence when Internet users to identify their sources of information in the huge spider web that is today.

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