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U.S. To Twitter: Stop Sleeping With The Enemy by Daniel Freedman

U.S. To Twitter: Stop Sleeping With The Enemy by Daniel Freedman | Twit4D | Scoop.it

The love affair between Twitter and the U.S. government is in danger of crashing as spectacularly as a celebrity relationship: with tears, disavowals, a chorus of “I told you so”s, and, of course, lawsuits. Like the Demi Moore – Ashton Kutcher (both popular Twitterati) breakup, the reason is alleged infidelity. In Twitter’s case it’s worse than a claimed hot tub fling, however. The online micro-blogging tool is accused of consorting with U.S. enemies: terrorist groups.

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Somalia’s Rebels Embrace Twitter as a Weapon by Jeffrey Gettleman

Somalia’s Rebels Embrace Twitter as a Weapon by Jeffrey Gettleman | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Somalia’s powerful Islamist insurgents, the Shabab, best known for chopping off hands and starving their own people, just opened a Twitter account, and in the past week they have been writing up a storm, bragging about recent attacks and taunting their enemies.

“Your inexperienced boys flee from confrontation & flinch in the face of death,” the Shabab wrote in a post to the Kenyan Army.

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Welcoming (?) Al-Shabaab to Twitter by Ethan Zuckerman

Welcoming (?) Al-Shabaab to Twitter by Ethan Zuckerman | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Somedays it seems that everyone has joined Twitter. And then a new account comes along and raises interesting questions about what the service is for and how it should be used.

Welcome to Twitter, Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen Press Office, now tweeting at @HSMPress.

 

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Al-Shabab's tweets won't boost its cause

Al-Shabab's tweets won't boost its cause | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Somalia's al-Shabab militants are now using Twitter. You can follow the account @HSMPress – derived from the Shabab's full name, Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen, or Movement of Freedom Fighter Youth – for pithy updates on their violent campaign to bring a rigorous version of conservative Islam to east Africa and beyond, all in 140 characters or less. The account already has more than 3,000 followers. Are the al-Shabab tweeters jealous of their Afghan Taliban counterparts whose own account @alemarahweb has 6,000 followers? Like all Twitter users they'd deny it, of course – and probably be lying. 

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Kenya army, Somali militia swap Twitter insults by KATHARINE HOURELD

Kenya army, Somali militia swap Twitter insults by KATHARINE HOURELD | Twit4D | Scoop.it

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan soldiers and members of an extremist Islamist militant group have been fighting each other in Somalia since Kenya invaded two months ago. Now, their spokesmen are taking the battle onto Twitter, with taunts, accusations and insults being directly traded in a rare engagement on the Internet.
The propaganda war on the microblogging website shows the increasingly sophisticated use of media by both sides and underscores that there is often little reliable information about the conflict in Somalia that now directly or indirectly involves a half-dozen nations, analysts say.

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