Lieberman: Twitter Should Ban Taliban From Social Media Website

Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 10:58 AM

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Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is leading an effort to keep Taliban leaders off the social media website Twitter, which they have been increasingly utilizing to spread terrorism agendas and propaganda, reports the Telegraph.

The Taliban has been known to tweet real-time reports of terror attacks, as well as fabricated reports of mass British and American casualties in Afghanistan. The Telegraph reports that Taliban members also have debated with NATO representatives via Twitter.

The Twitter move is part of a larger program to cleanse the Internet of persuasive terror messages, Homelande Security Committee spokesman Leslie Phillips told the newspaper.

"Senator Lieberman's efforts to eliminate violent Islamist extremism propaganda from the Internet and social media has been a campaign of persuasion,” said Phillips. “He has written letters, for example, to Google seeking the company to enforce more strongly its terms of service, which ban the sort of thing that we see from violent Islamist extremists. Google responded positively to the senator's letter."

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