You know when you try and hide your special cookies from your family, but they find them anyway? That’s what it feels like to be the left. Stay with me, I’ll explain. Terrorist attacks abound in Europe. And it’s no secret from where the terrorists come (see Nigel Farage Throws Down on Spineless European Leaders for Rampant Terrorism and BREAKING: Van Mows Down Pedestrians in Barcelona Terrorist Attack, Takes People Hostage…). But the left says terrorists are just lone wolves. Not, in fact, part of a larger problem.
Turns out social media is spreading radicalization in Britain at an alarming rate. Which means these “lone wolf” terrorists are part of a larger problem. We’ll circle back to that later.
Web giants must halt the spread of online extremism or face prosecution, a major report said yesterday as the Daily Mail uncovered shocking evidence of the firms’ failure to act.
More jihadi propaganda is accessed in Britain than anywhere else in Europe, the Policy Exchange think-tank found.
It said that more than 100 terror manuals and recruitment videos and articles were posted online every week via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Okay, so right away the problem is blamed on social media “spreading jihad.” Which, dare I say it, is just the digital messenger. But we’ll get back to that.
The study echoed warnings that terror manuals were still online, including guides to building a bomb similar to the device used on the Tube at Parsons Green on Friday.
An investigation found internet shopping giant Amazon was selling bomb-making chemicals – and marketing them as ‘frequently bought together’ products.
The report found that three-quarters of Islamist-related terror offences in the UK over the past four years had been committed by offenders known to have accessed extremist or ‘instructional’ material.
That’s more than a statistical anomaly.
Sounds like the UK is blaming social media for allowing the freedom for terroristic content to be available. And the sharing of it. Okay, let’s roll with that. Because that same terrorist content, being on the web, would be available in the Untied States. Argentina, and New Zealand. As far as I’m aware, those countries aren’t having a terrorist problem like Britain is. Hmm.
Let’s go back to the cookie analogy. Let’s say you have an obesity problem in your country. Do you blame Facebook videos for dropping food porn in people’s timelines? Do you blame the easy access to recipes on how to bake cookies? Or how to get your fondant just right? Or those really awful dessert fusion videos, like cake-ception, where there’s a cookie inside a cake? My insulin is spiking already. Do you blame Amazon.com when you put baker’s chocolate in your cart and it recommends confectioner’s sugar?
You can try, but you’ll get laughed at. Sure, baby steps being what they are, identifying that “social media makes sharing terroristic ideas easier” has value. But social media also makes sharing food porn easier. But if the American Heart Association said “These Tasty Videos have to stop, they’re making people fat,” we’d mock them.
There are a lot of terrorists in the United Kingdom. This study just confirms it. The solution can only start with declaring what the real problem is: terrorists in the United Kingdom. Not “But Twitter and stuff.”
I have a theory as to why there’s a lot of terrorists in the United Kingdom…
Co-written by Courtney Kirchoff and Nichole Cooper