Last month, Twitter permanently banned Breitbart tech editor and openly gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos after his followers got into a heated exchange with African-American “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. Clearly, a “ban for life” was a gross exaggeration of a punishment. Perhaps more disturbing though, is that a recent case in London’s Old Bailey shows Twitter took a hands-off approach to the poisonous posts of Anjem Choudary, an ISIS recruiter.
British authorities have been seeking to get Choudary’s Twitter posts and YouTube videos removed after his pledge of allegiance to ISIS surfaced online. Choudhary was convicted Tuesday of “inviting support for a proscribed organization” (aka ISIS). He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.
Choudary has been in the media spotlight has for years, making no secret of his embrace of Shariah law and Islamic radicalism. And yet, Twitter has taken no action against him. Prosecutors complained and pointed out they had no power to force social media companies to remove or ban the material.
“An Islamic hate preacher convicted of inciting terrorism: fine,” Yiannopoulos commented to FoxNews.com. “A gay man expressing concern about Muslim immigration: not fine. Welcome to the new, Shariah-compliant Twitter.”
Choudary currently has more than 32,000 followers on Twitter and his account can still be viewed online, and some of his material on the site has been classified as “journalistic.”
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