Jihadist material found on LinkedIn

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Lectures by a radical cleric, an Islamist linked to the 9/11 attacks and other jihadist content have been discovered in LinkedIn.

The business-focused social network was alerted to the problem after an investigation by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

Microsoft-owned business has since removed the material.

But it faces criticism for not having taken a more proactive stance in front of the discovery.

According to the former prime minister’s research agency – whose mandate includes combating extremism of some of the documents had been in LinkedIn for eight years.

The researcher who made the discovery, earlier this month, said that there was no obvious way to point out the problem to the tech company, and, in the last instance relied on the Times newspaper to bring it to the attention of Microsoft.

“The platforms must ensure that sufficient, effective reporting mechanisms are in place,” Mubaraz Ahmed told the BBC.

“The likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Google have taken demonstrable and effective steps to combat terrorist use of the internet, but other platforms should not ignore the risks or become complacent.”Calls to violence

A total of 18 jihadist documents uploaded between 2009 and 2016 were discovered by Lord Ahmed on LinkedIn Slideshare service.

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Before removed, they had collectively attracted more than 21,000 points of view.

They include:
a conference arguing that democracy is in contradiction with Islam
a call to Muslims to commit acts of violence and seek martyrdom
a demand of the Muslims to help fund activities jihadist
an order of retaliation against the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
tips that children do not need the permission of their parents to participate in activities jihadist

The authors including Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American cleric who met with two of the hijackers of September 11, 2001, before your attack, as well as be linked to other plots before his death in 2011.

Also featured Omar Bakri Muhammad, a Syrian-born preacher who once lived in the united kingdom and has claimed to have helped to radicalise one of the murderers of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

“These are not exactly dark [the jihadists] – wing ideologues,” said Mr Ahmed.’Social Contract’

Microsoft is a member of the Global network of the Internet in the Forum of the fight against Terrorism, which was established in June to coordinate the way in which technology companies tackle extremist content published on their sites.

British politicians are currently considering following the German example of the introduction of laws to fine such companies if not to take down extremist material fast enough.

“Where there is an audience, there is an audience for hate LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or wherever,” said Dr. Bernie Hogan from the Oxford Internet Institute.

“[But] it is extremely complicated [to the police] because they go too far and trample on the rights.”

A spokesman for LinkedIn, said it provides a way for the public to report concerns, but acknowledged that it may have to make this more clear.

“We cannot tolerate or allow the activity on our site that violates our terms of service, including hate speech, violence and threats,” he said.

“Within Slideshare, a Report Content option is present in the statistics tab of each presentation.

“We will review the placement of the function of reporting to ensure that it is easier to find. We are very grateful for this issue being brought to our attention.”