Facebook suspended, but then reinstated an Islamic extremist’s account nine times, after he warned the company would have to answer to “Allah the All Merciful,” according to a report.
The Telegraph reported last week that Facebook suspended Abdulrahman Alcharbati’s account nine times “after he posted sickening ISIL propaganda videos, but reinstated it each time when he complained,” until it was finally shut down permanently last March.
“Following a series of angry emails to Facebook – including one which said: ‘You will stand in front of the Creator Allah The All Merciful and will have to answer for your doing’ – the company relented and he was able to keep posting videos glorifying Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” they explained. “Among the clips he is alleged to have posted was one showing three Syrian soldiers being beaten by a baying mob and dragged to their deaths behind motorbikes in the city of Raqqa. Others showed child soldiers undergoing Isil training and footage of a suicide bomber detonating a car packed with explosives.”
In just one day in 2017, Alcharbati also reportedly posted six ISIS-produced videos.
After being suspended and reinstated on numerous occasions, Alcharbati warned, “Allah will hold you responsible for your actions.”
Following a search warrant, police officers found bomb-making instructions on his mobile phone, and Alcharbati is currently being charged in the United Kingdom with “six counts of disseminating terrorist material and one count of possessing a document containing information likely to be of use to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism.”
Facebook has recently seemed more interested in fighting “fake news” than terrorism, although their recent fact-checking program was shut down after failing to dissuade users from clicking on stories that fact-checkers did not agree with. Facebook is also facing pressure from the mainstream media to limit the threat of the alternative media.