10 months ago
To avoid security teams at Facebook and Twitter from preventing their plotting and spread of propaganda, ISIS has built its own social media network, according to European Union’s security force (Europol).
The chilling discovery came during a 48-hour operation to crack down on Internet extremism by Europol officers in April. The new social network was being used to plan and help finance terrorist activities.
“It does show that some members of Daesh (IS), at least, continue to innovate in this space,” Europol Director Rob Wainwright said Wednesday, according to Reuters.
During the mission, the EU’s Internet Referral Unit flagged over 2,000 pieces of terrorist content on 53 different platforms to try and have them removed, according to a Europol press release. Legally, the decision to take down the content is entirely up to the domain owner.
Social media companies have been criticized for not doing enough to curb propaganda and recruitment on their platforms. Families of victims of the San Bernadino attacks, which were inspired by ISIS, for example, accused Facebook, Google, and Twitter of supporting the group in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, according to The Los Angeles Times.
ISIS built an amateurish version of Facebook, dubbed “Khalefabook,” in 2015, but the site disappeared quickly.