Why Facebook and Twitter still keep ISIS online?

After the attack in Paris, Facebook and Twitter, two big social media platforms, have been questioned because they have not shut ISIS’s accounts down. Critics believe contents that related to terrorism should be deleted as soon as they were posted. However, Twitter explained even they delete those accounts that post content relate to terrorism, new accounts will show up with similar contents. Twitter argued deleting those accounts could help to reduce the effect of terrorism, since new accounts cannot have many followers overnight. Yet critics argues Facebook and Twitter must have certain technology to completely block terrorists’ accounts. Some citizens, on the contrary, showed their concerns about social media companies completely blocking certain contents. They are worrying if it is an appropriate way to response in a democracy.


My questions are:

  1. Do social media giants like Facebook and Twitter should take responsibilities on regulating contents that users like ISIS are posting?
  2. Do you think regulate certain content, especially those obey social standards, is an inappropriate way to respond in a democracy?

link to the article: http://www.wired.com/2015/11/facebook-and-twitter-face-tough-choices-as-isis-exploits-social-media/



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