Hacker who posts gay porn on ISIS accounts urges social media giants to do their part
After the Anonymous hacktivist collective declared a total war on Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) terror group following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015 with the #OpISIS online campaign, the group remains the primary gatekeeper of terrorist propaganda flow online.
The collective trolls social media accounts to unearth ISIS-linked pages and alerts social media firms to proceed with deleting them. Following the massacre at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead earlier this month, a hacktivist known as WauchulaGhost (or simply Ghost) started hijacking extremist-linked accounts to post gay pride content on jihadist behalf.
While admitting to helping activists fight ISIS online for well over a year, Ghost told RT that, on the morning of the Orlando attack, he hijacked three accounts and “started spreading the gay pride in the defense of the lives that were lost.”
Ghost says that he will continue his work, but at the same time wonders what Silicon Valley is doing to prevent terrorism online.
Social media giants should “step up,” WauchulaGhost said, and start their own effort instead of relying on activists and hacktivists to guide them to accounts to delete due to extremist content.
“They [Twitter] say over and over again that there is no place for terrorism, but they are really not doing anything about it. They claim they’ve suspended 125,000 accounts,” Ghost said. “Well, we know. We’ve suspended those accounts. It is the people, the people that are doing the reporting have those accounts suspended. Twitter just hits the button.”
To reduce the reach of terrorist information online, the hacktivist said tech companies should “team up” with the collective, “but Twitter won't do it.”
“So if Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, if all these companies would stand up a little bit, I think that can help,” Ghost said. “If they were doing their part, and doing what they could do, we would not be doing what we're doing. But we are and we're not going to stop.”