Taliban vs ISAF: Fighting Twitter Fire with Twitter Counter Fire

This, from the L.A. Times:

“Some members of Congress are urging the popular website Twitter to stop hosting pro-Taliban tweets that celebrate attacks against American and allied forces in Afghanistan.

Twitter executives have told lawmakers that the micro-posts do not violate the website’s terms of service because the Taliban is not listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization. That designation would make it illegal to provide “material support or resources” to the militant group.

Twitter feeds, apparently from the Taliban, first appeared last year in Arabic and Pashto, one of the official languages of Afghanistan. An English-language feed started in April. Many of the posts refer to U.S. troops in inflammatory terms.

(….)

Twitter officials did not respond to requests for comment. According to rules on the website, Twitter does not allow users to publish “direct, specific threats of violence” or use the website “for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities.”

The move against the pro-Taliban Twitter feeds is part of a larger effort by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate homeland security committee, to persuade Internet companies to remove videos and blog posts that he says promote terrorism or offer instructions on how to commit violence.

“Some members of Congress are urging the popular website Twitter to stop hosting pro-Taliban tweets that celebrate attacks against American and allied forces in Afghanistan.

Twitter executives have told lawmakers that the micro-posts do not violate the website’s terms of service because the Taliban is not listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization. That designation would make it illegal to provide “material support or resources” to the militant group ….”

A couple of points off the top of my head:

1)  If dissing U.S. troops or celebrating attacks on Americans is the yardstick, they’d have to go after more than just the Taliban Info-Machinists.

2)  I think it would be more useful (not to mention fun to watch) if ISAF’s Info-Machine continues “Counter-Tweeting” like they’ve done in the past – examples here and here – and continue to do.  If we keep saying the truth will out, we have to show it can.  Keep up the good fight ISAF Info-Machine Twitter posters!

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