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The Islamic State or the ISIS plans to attack a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event in Atlanta on Sunday evening, hacker group Anonymous which is engaged in a cyber war with the former following terror attacks in Paris said this week.

In the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, the group launched its operation against the ISIS.

“The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event. While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time,” the federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told Channel 2 news.

“We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe,” the government agency added.

However, FBI Special Agent in Charge J Britt Johnson of the Atlanta office said the agency did not have “specific or credible information of an attack,” The International Business Times reported.

Anonymous revealed on Saturday it has uncovered information about possible ISIS attacks in Paris as well as at locations in the US, Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon on Sunday.

OpParisIntel, a group within Anonymous, released a statement warning the ISIS is planning an attack at the WWE Survivor Series event in the Philips Arena in Atlanta Sunday at 7.30 p.m. EST, besides attacks at multiple places in Paris.

Meanwhile, WWE star Triple H took to twitter saying that the event will take place as planned.

While publishing the list of potential targets alongside a statement, the Anonymous said: “The goal is to make sure the whole world, or at least the people going to these events, know that there have been threats and that there is a possibility of an attack to happen. Another goal is to make sure Daesh knows that the world knows and cancels the attacks, which will disorientate them for a while.”

The targets listed by Anonymous are Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen (Paris); Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull at Concrete (Paris); Demonstration by Collectif du Droit des Femmes (Paris); Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide); Al-Jihad, One Day One Juz (Indonesia); Five Finger Death Punch (Milan); and University Pastoral Day (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon).

The Anonymous added: “We only appeared now because our goal was to remain undercover and report everything to the right authorities and let them take all the action. But when authorities do not take action, Anonymous does. This part of the op started last Monday and has [been] and will be active 24 hours a day as long as the op is going on.”

The Anonymous told the International Business Times that it had passed proof to the intelligence agencies of the UK and the US.

“If we share the proof [publicly], everyone will start calling it fake because screenshots can be edited and accounts can be deleted. We have purposely not shared account links publicly because they would be shut down immediately and then no one would believe the proof.”

Earlier this week, the Anonymous released a guide to catching the ISIS extremists amid claims that it has already found thousands of extremists online.

The ISIS in its guide – written in both French and English – asks its followers to report extremist Twitter accounts and also tells them how to find and hack accounts besides teaching them how to stay safe online.

The group has shared the full guide on Pastebin, a popular site that Anonymous and others use for posting statements. The site’s main feature is that allows users to host text files without being traceable.

The group says its efforts have already led to closing down of thousands of accounts.

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Facebook, Twitter Urged to Do More to Police Hate on Sites

Twitter to soon release Snapchat like feature. VOA
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Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are taking steps to police terrorists and hate groups on their sites, but more work needs to be done, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday.

The organization released its annual digital terrorism and hate report card and gave a B-plus to Facebook, a B-minus to Twitter and a C-plus to Google.

Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen said the company had no comment on the report. Representatives for Google and Twitter did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

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Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, said Facebook in particular built “a recognition that bad folks might try to use their platform” as its business model. “There is plenty of material they haven’t dealt with to our satisfaction, but overall, especially in terms of hate, there’s zero tolerance,” Cooper said at a New York City news conference.

Rick Eaton, a senior researcher at the Wiesenthal Center, said hateful and violent posts on Instagram, which is part of Facebook, are quickly removed, but not before they can be widely shared.

He pointed to Instagram posts threatening terror attacks at the upcoming World Cup in Moscow. Another post promoted suicide attacks with the message, “You only die once. Why not make it martyrdom.”

Cooper said Twitter used to merit an F rating before it started cracking down on Islamic State tweets in 2016. He said the move came after testimony before a congressional committee revealed that “ISIS was delivering 200,000 tweets a day.”

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Cooper and Eaton said that as the big tech companies have gotten more aggressive in shutting down accounts that promote terrorism, racism and anti-Semitism, promoters of terrorism and hate have migrated to other sites such as, a Facebook lookalike that’s based in Russia.

There also are “alt-tech” sites like GoyFundMe, an alternative to GoFundMe, and BitChute, an alternative to Google-owned YouTube, Cooper said.

“If there’s an existing company that will give them a platform without looking too much at the content, they’ll use it,” he said. “But if not, they are attracted to those platforms that have basically no rules.”

The Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism. (VOA)