#GhostSec Update: Twitter & Free Speech, #BanCAIR and Props to #OpISIS Vigilantes
Twitter & Free Speech
Last week, Twitter announced the creation of a new “Trust and Safety Council,” which will develop policies that are expected to have a chilling effect on free speech. The council will be comprised of more than 40 organizations from 13 regions around the world.
The Obama administration and members of Congress have been pressuring social media sites to do more to assist in the fight against terrorism. The Spectator elaborates:
“Yesterday, on Safer Internet Day — which promotes ‘safe, responsible, positive and boring use of digital technology’ (okay, I added ‘boring’) — Twitter revealed that it has anointed 40 organisations to advise it on how to make sure tweeters can ‘express themselves freely and safely’. This Trust and Safety Council, to give it its full, somewhat ominous name, will discuss what kind of ‘tools and policies’ might be required to allow users to report ‘hateful’ commentary, and potentially have it extinguished.
Got that? This is about ‘drowning out’ challenging or upsetting viewpoints. For all the Twitter safety crowd’s claims about merely wanting to wipe out violent or misogynistic speech, in truth their concern is with certain moral outlooks — the upsetting ones, the vulgar ones, the ones that those voices of respect (ie. respectable people) find unappetising. Having once described itself as ‘the free speech wing of the free speech party’, Twitter has now openly said it will encourage the drowning out of ‘viewpoints’ that its elite council of ‘safety advocates, academics and researchers’ decree to be problematic.”
In this case, ‘safety’ appears to mean censorship.
GhostSec doesn’t target hateful speech because as unpleasant as it may be, it is still free speech. GhostSec targets illegal speech — threats, propaganda and recruitment attempts by terrorists and their supporters.
Join GhostSec and others involved in the #BanCAIR campaign. In addition to battling ISIS online, GhostSec is committed to opposing organizations who support terrorism, such as CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Follow GhostSec’s #BanCAIR account on Twitter here. For media requests, please email us at Team@Ghostsec.Org.
Props To #OpISIS
International Business Times recently praised Anonymous hacktivists, including GhostSec, for all of our efforts in countering terrorists online:
“The most recent example, before Dridex, has been the ongoing war between the Anonymous hacking collective and the Islamic State terrorist group. An offshoot of Anonymous known as GhostSec has spent over a year trawling social media for signs of ISIS activity and has worked not only to reveal the user identities behind the accounts but also attempts to disrupt potential terrorist attacks before they happen by providing hacked information to governmental authorities.”
A South African publication, Tech Financials, also commented on the anti-ISIS efforts of Anonymous:
“One hacktivist group which has recently garnered attention is Anonymous. In a video which has been circulating on social media, a masked speaker warns the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to be prepared for a massive retaliation in the wake of the terrorist attacks committed by ISIS in Paris in November. Since the video surfaced, there are reports that Anonymous, along with other hacktivist entities, has been successful in disrupting ISIS’s presence on internet platforms, thereby inhibiting its ability to disseminate extremist propaganda and to implement its recruitment drives.
However, unlike in the movies, these hacktivist groups do not always get to ride out into the sunset, branded as heroes. Legal systems around the world do not allow for vigilante justice. It is generally accepted that vigilantes are acting outside of the purview of the law. There is a fine line between true vigilantism and anarchism, and it appears to be too onerous for the law to try and govern that line.
In the meantime, there is no doubt that hacktivist groups like Anonymous will continue to mete out their own personal versions of vigilante justice, largely unabated and without consequence. As a famous web-shooting, costumed crime-fighter once said — “with great power comes great responsibility”. One can only hope that hacktivists around the world aspire to this creed.”
Absolutely, it’s a great creed for Anons to aspire to.