U.S. Congress Wants Twitter To Ban Accounts Linked To Taliban

Posted Dec 25, 2011

The U.S. government is pushing Twitter to delete accounts that are linked to the Taliban. Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Joe Lieberman, and his aides are leading the social media censorship crusade against Twitter. Some of the Taliban’s tweets include information about attacks, accurate accounts of unfolding attacks, and fabricated reports of casualties.

Two of the Twitter feeds linked to the Taliban include @ABalkhi and @alemarahweb. These two accounts constantly are arguing with NATO press officers. In the past, Lieberman has been able to successfully have videos hosted on YouTube from al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorists showing attacks against American forces in Iraq removed. Google responded positively to Lieberman’s letter, but Twitter may reject Lieberman because the Taliban is not registered by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.

[Telegraph UK]