“ISIS: It’s Always the Last Place You Look!” Dept. While Facebook’s “algorithms” are working 24/7 to censor conservative comments and pro-life videos, they seem to have developed a bit of a blind spot when it comes to removing pro-ISIS terrorist pages. According to a report on terrorism on social media by the National Whistleblower Center, “Nearly 200 auto-generated business pages for the Islamic State were recently identified” on Facebook, “and dozens more pages for other terrorist groups including Al Qaeda and Ansar Al Sharia remain on the site.” Maybe someone should tell Facebook that they’re also sexist and violently anti-gay, and then maybe they’d do something about removing them
Incidentally, if Facebook is thinking of claiming that they sneaked in under the radar by hiding behind innocuous names, it should be noted that these pages were auto-generated by Facebook’s own algorithms, and they include such names as “I love Islamic State,” “Afghanistan Terrorist School” and “Islamic State Training Camp.” Facebook responded, “While we cannot catch every one, we remain vigilant in this effort.” Still, I can’t help wondering if “I love Islamic State” might have been removed a lot faster if it had been named “I love Donald Trump.”
Speaking of finding ISIS where you’d least expect it, do you remember hearing from the media that an American Airlines mechanic who was arrested earlier this month in Miami for allegedly trying to sabotage the airspeed control system of an airliner was motivated by dissatisfaction with employment contracts and overtime pay? Well, it’s now been reported that the mechanic, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, had downloaded an ISIS video onto his cell phone and distributed it to others.
I’m sure nobody who reported the story ever expected anything like that. It just shows that you can never predict when a news story is going to take a shocking and unexpected turn.