Can anything be done against terrorists on social media?

Current laws protect social media networks even if they allow terrorists to incite violence on their platforms.

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Shlomo Nitzahon
Shlomo Nitzahon
Arutz Sheva

Terrorist organizations increasingly use social media to incite and plan deadly attacks. Invesigators believe that Sayfullo Saipov, the terrorist who carried out the terror attack in Manhattan in which eight people were killed last week, was inspired by ISIS propaganda videos he watched online.

Arutz Sheva spoke to Shlomo Nitzahon, a student at Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broward College of Law, about the phenomenon of terrorists using social media sites. Nitzahon attended the Israel American Council Conference (IAC) in Washington DC Monday.

Nitzahon said that his research is aimed at changing the current legal status of Internet Service Providers (ISP), who are granted complete immunity "as long as they are not the content providers."

"My research states that if you are a foreign terrorist organization, designated by the State Department, you will not be able to be considered a user, and therefore the platforms which carry your third party content will be civilly liable for that content," he explained.

"We want to put the burden on Facebook. Once Facebook starts to understand that foreign terrorist organizations cannot be on their platforms, I think the direction is set to stop lone wolves and as for stopping other incitement to terrorism, it is a short path to eliminating that as well."








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