In the election of 2008 and again in 2012, the Obama campaign recognized the tremendous power of social media in engaging directly with the public with a message that could be shared, theoretically, an unlimited number of times and at no cost.

Now, almost a decade later, that power is taken for granted, but the liberal influence of the titans who control social media – largely behind the scenes, is being revealed as Twitter and YouTube have been exposed for failing to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in terror investigations in Britain.

Anjem Choudary, a Muslim cleric living in London, has used Twitter to spread provocative messages inviting support for the Islamic State, such as this anti-British tweet from a year ago:

UK PM's are criminals, today they murder kids with drones & take them from their parents in the past it seems they also raped them #TedHeath

Choudary has been convicted in Britain for inviting support for ISIS in a series of lectures on YouTube and faces ten years in prison, but his Twitter account is still active despite requests from British anti-terrorism police to remove the posts as a threat to national security.

The reluctance to assist law enforcement in fighting ISIS stands in stark contrast Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s war against conservative journalist, Milo Yiannopoulos, who exchanged snarky tweets with black comedian Leslie Jones after her Ghostbusters remake bombed.

Jones appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” claiming that her private meeting with Dorsey resulted in a permanent ban imposed on Yiannopoulos, as well as many others.

“They helped me out. We got a whole bunch of accounts taken off on Twitter,” she told Meyers.

Clearly, the “powers that be” consider a conservative gay journalist who speaks out against constraints against free speech to be an existential threat that must be silenced, while allowing the hate-filled screeds of a radical Muslim supporter of ISIS to be spread.

At a time when terror attacks are increasingly committed by self-radicalized “lone wolf” perpetrators who have watched YouTube videos like Choudary’s, the social media giants are supporting the wrong side.

 

 

 

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