Sanaa, Yemen: Yemeni branch of the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two bombings in a northern district of Sanaa, the capital of Yemen.
The bombs that killed 28 people and wounded another 78, were exploded at Houthis controlled al-Mo’ayyad mosque which is located al-Jarraf neighborhood of Sanaa, according to a report in Economic Times.
The details of the blast have been broadcasted by the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency which said that the first blast was due to a suicide bomber and the second was due to a car bomb. The suicide bomber exploded inside the mosque and consequently, the car bomb exploded outside the mosque that targeted the medics.
Houthis are Shi’ite Muslims and hence are aligned with Iran. Therefore, IS that follows Salafism of Sunni Islam considers them as heretics.
Yemen is witnessing a civil war for last many months. Last year, Houthis seized control of the capital Sanaa from the Saudi-backed government. In March, the war escalated when Saudi-led Arab states intervened to take back control from the Houthis and re-instate the Saudi-backed government.
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.”
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 VK.com, 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)