It’s a whole new world and social media companies are struggling with how to deal with terrorist organizations like ISIS who use social media to organize, just like rebels and One Direction fans do too. Why can’t Facebook and Twitter just eliminate the presence of such groups? It’s because there is a fine line between censorship and keeping everyone safe.
Facebook itself doesn’t allow any pages that are dedicated to any terrorist group, and has done a pretty good job of eliminating ISIS related pages. It also deletes posts and removes profiles of people who post links to ISIS content. However, on Twitter, ISIS flourishes, with an estimate of 46,000 users on the network in 2014. Until ISIS widely distributed greusome videos of beheadings on the social network, Twitter had taken a relaxed and neutral approach to this. Since then, more accounts are being suspended, however, a representative of Twitter told WIRED Magazine that: “Twitter continues to strongly support freedom of expression and diverse perspectives.” They went on to state that Twitter as a company doesn’t allow any threats of violence or promotion of violence.
This difference illustrates the main difference between the two social networks – Facebook doesn’t allow illicit content and heavily controls what people can post. Twitter has always strived for freedom, and wants to be a place where people can feel free to express themselves.
What do you think? Should Twitter go towards all out censorship? Or should they remain as neutral as they have been in the past?
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