The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s least likely informant isn’t a shadowy figure in a parking garage or an anonymous phone call — it’s a fast-paced social network with a short attention span: Twitter. According to FBI Director James Comey, the social network has proved to be an invaluable source of evidence against supporters of terrorism. An account that’s constantly retweeting content from ISIS or ISIL could be a sign of criminal activity. That said, context still matters.
Many of us usually unaware that we are actually Retweeting content which related to terrorist activity.
So, what kind of Tweets will get you arrested? Statements, retweets and links that support and feed resources to terrorist organizations. The Huffington Post rounded up a few cases where Twitter activity was key to the FBI’s charges, including the case of Ali Shukri Amin, a 17-year old who used Twitter to promote Bitcoin donations to ISIS and ISIL and Bilal Abood, who publicly declared his allegiance to Baghdadi on the social network.
So my advise, the next time you wanted to retweet something, make sure it’s not related to terrorist and be very careful with the shortcut link which is embedded with the message. Who knows with just one click you can end up in jail for retweeting an activity related to terrorism. For more information, head on to www.engadget.com .