Seeds: Over the past five months, many social media sites started taking down posts that support extremist groups that are intent on terrorism or genocide. A specific example being Facebook taking down posts from Europe this past January that were deemed hateful in the extreme.
Core: Twitter has labeled itself as a home for completely honest discourse in the past. Because of this, many groups have taken advantage of twitter culture, but recently, twitter has been cracking down on harmful material. Over the past few months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts that promote or idealize terrorism. The company has also added staff to monitor its accounts for further postings that support terrorism in away way.
Skin: While many support this move, some have questioned the viability of such an action, given that the suspected terrorists or supporters can simply open a new account and continue to spread hatred. Some people argue that the media attention spreads the ideals of terrorism and legitimizes the groups the groups that created the accounts.
Leaves: Youtube decided to leave the ISIS recruitment video up even though some argue it should be taken down along with the Twitter and Facebook pages. Controversy has sprung over whether this qualifies as a violation of free speech, however, the companies reserve the right to take down hateful posts.
Food for thought: Do you think it is fair for Twitter to take down these posts? Do you think that the vast media attention on these radical groups encourages them to proliferate? Tell us what you think.
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