Facebook Pulls Jihadi Pages Promoting ISIS Terrorist Cause
Facebook has removed a string of pages which sold clothing and action figures promoting the Islamic terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant) after the Silicon Valley-based tech giant was probed by Foxnews.com as why the pages had not been flagged.
Extremist militant members of the jihadist ISIS group have been making rapid advances throughout Iraq, toppling cities and taking countless lives while posting documentation of their evil rampages on social media. ISIS has already threatened the United States and poses a legitimate threat to U.S. national interests.
A spokesman for Facebook, Israel Hernandez, issued the following statement regarding the removal of the pages, according to Foxnews.com: "At Facebook, we have rules that bar direct statements of hate, attacks on private individuals and groups, and the promotion of terrorism. We have a team of professional investigators both here in the U.S. and abroad who enforce these rules. Where hateful content is posted and reported, Facebook removes it and disables accounts of those responsible. Whenever we become aware of possible violations of our terms, we will investigate these instances and take action if violations of our Statements of Rights and Responsibilities take place."
The pages for Zirah Moslem and Rezi MLTN have reportedly been on Facebook since 2011. Zirah Moslem had over 9,000 supporters before being kicked off of the social media site.
Prior to being shut down, the Facebook pages of the terrorist-backing clothing brands such as Rejzi MLTN, Zirah Moslem, and Kaos Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, promoted the sale of T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and other items laden with images of Kalashnikov rifles with Arabic writing on them. Some of the slogans emblazened on the paraphernalia are "Mujahideen Around the World United We Stand;" "Fight for Freedom Till the Last Drop of Blood;" and even "We Stand for ISIS," according to Foxnews.com.
Terrorism expert Dave Gaubetz, author of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America, said social media sites such as Facebook "have a responsibility to make sure they aren't used to further the sick goals of the Sharia terror group bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate." He added, "we must stop jihad online because these groups target our children through social media." Gaubetz touts himself as a "defender of the U.S. Constitution."
It is difficult to tell whether ISIS was receiving a cut from the sale of the clothing advocating its brutal cause, notes Fox. The clothing was selling for between $7 and $13 per item.
Despite the pages's removal from Facebook, the clothing is reportedly still available for sale on the websites of mainly Indonesian merchandisers. Indonesia is known to be a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism.