Facebook, Twitter Shut Down Hezbollah … Nope, Up Again

(Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Hezbollah announced over the weekend that Facebook and Twitter had closed down its social media accounts. However, at the same time, they told their followers how to keep up with them by accessing their “backup” accounts.

Sure enough, a quick click on @C_Military2, one of Hezbollah’s backup accounts, led to a post of video footage of the 2006 kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers patrolling the Israeli side of the Lebanese border (the post Hezbollah claims precipitated the shutdown).

Besides the failure to shut down all of the Lebanese terror group’s social media accounts, Facebook and Twitter have not only shut down some of their accounts before, but reopened them as well.

The question is why? The Iranian-backed group has been designated as a Foreign Terror Organization by the U.S. since 1997 – seven years before Facebook began and nine years before Twitter. It has not changed since then. If anything, it has become much more powerful, and thus much more dangerous.

While social media giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter rely on liberal groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and its bogus list of “anti-Muslim extremists” to police their platforms and determine hate group designations, they should at least give the same credence to designations issued by the U.S. government and shut down all Hezbollah accounts for good.

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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