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New Delhi: According to the Security agencies, four Indians could be among the 20 ISIS fighters who were reportedly beheaded in full public view for trying to flee a war zone in Iraq’s Mosul city.

However, there is no confirmation yet about the killing of four Indians, official sources said.

The Indian Intelligence Agency reports a total of 23 Indians joining the ISIS, out of whom, six were killed in different incidents in Iraq-Syria.

Agencies were verifying the reports through different sources and trying to ascertain where there were Indians among those beheaded, the sources said.

Sending out a chilling warning to others in the terror group against desertion, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) captured a group of its own militants who tried to escape the battlefront in Mosul city of Nineveh province, and executed them in public, reporters quoting a local source citing an ISIS “official” said.

“The dissidents were arrested at a checkpoint in the vicinity of Mosul on Friday. After being identified as fighters who have left their positions at the fighting front in western Mosul, they were transferred to the Sharia Court for prosecution,” reporters said.

“Subsequent to a brief interrogation, the Sharia Court decided to behead the dissidents on charges of treason,” it said.

Observers said the beheadings were made in a bid to terrorise ISIS members who may leave their posts in the war-torn region.

The jihadis were beheaded in central Mosul in front of hundreds of people, mostly ISIS members and commanders, the report said.

“Witnessing the brutal punishment has caused a state of panic among the members of the group”, reporters said.

ISIS considers jihadis who leave their posts without permission as traitors and enemies of its so-called Caliphate. (Inputs from Agencies)

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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 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)