Twitter has been harshly criticized for giving the Muslim Brotherhood a sense of legitimacy by granting verification to the terrorist organization's official mouthpiece, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
A website known as Ikhwan Web, which serves as the Brotherhood's "official" English-speaking feed, was recently given the verification despite its support for terrorism and dissemination of anti-Semitic propaganda.
"Verifying the Muslim Brotherhood's Twitter feed helps further their narrative of civilization-Jihad," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the Free Beacon. "This maneuver makes the Brotherhood seem like a legitimate group while providing them cover to spread their radical version of Islam.
"I look forward to working with the new administration to expose the Brotherhood's efforts to increase their influence in America," he added.
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment, although this is not the first time that it has been criticized for failing to shut down accounts promoting radical jihad and terrorism against Western countries.
Albawaba reports that the Ikhwan account has 145,000 followers and is involved, among other activities, in promoting a violent opposition to the current Egyptian government.
"This decision by Twitter to provide the Muslim Brotherhood with this literal blue check of approval is deeply disconcerting," Kyle Shideler, director of the Center for Security Policy's Threat Information Office, told the Free Beacon.
"At a time when Twitter is already facing criticism for banning individuals based solely on speech, Twitter has effectively lionized a group responsible for the burning of Coptic churches and the killing of Egyptian police and judiciary officials.
"How is Twitter supposed to help defeat online radicalization when it essentially endorses the biggest source for Islamist radicals in the world?" he asked.
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