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Rajnath Singh warns of Islamic State attacks on India, says precautionary moves taken


New Delhi: Warning that Islamic State attacks could not be ruled out in India, Home minister Rajnath Singh said that India was kept under high alert following the terror attack in Paris.

The Home Minister, who was speaking at the inauguration of Asia Leaders’ Meeting and 2nd ISDR Asia Partnership Meeting in Delhi on Tuesday, said that further precautionary measures were taken to thwart any possible attack from the dreaded outfit.

Singh said, curbing the ISIS  is a ‘global challenge’ and “all nations must come together to fight against it.”

Five states and four cities are reportedly said to be on the ISIS radar in India. States like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Assam are said to be on the radar of the militant group. Notably, all these states have a substantial Muslim population and share borders with countries where militancy is on a high.

Singh also termed the threat emanating from the ISIS as a ”global challenge”, saying ”all nations must come together to fight against it.” ISIS is not focussed on any particular cluster of countries but on the whole world, he added.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had also released an advisory to all states regarding the looming threat from the terror outfit and has directed to keep a close watch on people, who are suspected to have links with ISIS across the country.

The ISIS released a new chilling video where they have warned the American capital of a ‘Paris-style’ attack.

The fluttering of ISIS flags in Kashmir prior to Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s visit, however, testifies the presence of the outfit’s ideologies in India. Furthermore, youths had been detained in the past for trying to migrate from India to join the outfit.

The lucrative monetary offers from the Islamic State, the fiery and radical speeches of the leaders and the fundamentalist ideologies do lure youths especially the minorities who keep alleging that they are being deprived of their rights in India.

(With inputs from agencies)

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

Twitter to soon release Snapchat like feature. VOA
Fake accounts on Twitter are many. VOA

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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This photo shows Facebook launched on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass., June 19, 2017. VOA

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)