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Disruptions: Silencing the Voices of Militants on Twitter

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Twitter has become one of the most powerful tools to promote democracy in the Middle East.

Twitter, which helped Arab Spring protesters in their efforts, is now under attack over aiding and abetting terrorist organizations.

Along with 6 other Republican lawmakers, Rep Ted Poe sent a letter to the F.B.I., demanding that Twitter ban 2 militant groups, Hamas and Hezbollah, that are on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. "Failure to block access arms them with the ability to freely spread their violent propaganda and mobilize in their war on Israel," he said in a statement to news outlets, adding: "The F.B.I. and Twitter must recognize sooner rather than later that social media is a tool for the terrorists."

The demand is based on laws saying that any person or group offering material support to terrorist organizations is essentially working with them.

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