*Update – Facebook has now restored the #OpISIS “Report ISIS Accounts” group without comment.
Shortly before the massive coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, Facebook took down the primary Anonymous group responsible for unmasking and reporting thousands of social media accounts used by ISIS to spread propaganda and recruit.
The main weapon used by ISIS to spread their extremist ideology has been social media, and regardless of your stance as to how the terror group was created or who created it, Twitter and Facebook have been the major tools for the growth of the Islamic State.
In an effort to counter this massive ISIS social media presence, the Anonymous group Red Cult began an operation called #OpISIS as a means of combating the terrorist group in cyberspace.
The idea that Facebook has removed a group calling itself “Report ISIS Accounts” is disconcerting and raises serious ethical questions. The Anonymous run group was removed from Facebook only hours prior to the Paris attacks, and the administrators from the group were banned.
According to a report by Counter Current News:
Facebook has refused to respond to inquires from Red Cult or from Counter Current News and several other alternative media outlets who have contacted them directly via their media relations number.
Red Cult informs us that the only purpose and use of the aforementioned group was to identify and report ISIS recruiting accounts on social media. Not only does this not violate Facebook’s own terms of service agreement, it is actually helping them enforce it.
The actions taken by Facebook, against those attempting to counter the terrorist group ISIS, raises serious questions about the intentions behind this move.
In the wake of this savage terrorist attack in Paris the question remains; Why would this social media giant declare war on Anonymous, a group that is fighting to stop the recruitment of new ISIS terrorists?
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.