Scores of pro-ISIS accounts and communities have found a home on Google Plus despite being purged from other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, according to a review by The Hill.
The Hill found dozens of pages across Google’s social media platform that explicitly show Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) propaganda, give news updates directly pulled from ISIS media, spread messages of hate towards Jews and other groups or show extremist imagery.
The Google Plus accounts and communities sharing ISIS-linked content did little to hide their affiliation. Many openly professed their support of the terrorist group. In many cases, accounts featured the ISIS flag and pictures of ISIS fighters.
Some posts showed overt calls to violence, according to Ty Joplin, a Middle East research analyst based in Amman, Jordan, who reviewed and translated many of the posts for The Hill. One image, posted in 2017, reads “Kill them where you find them” in Arabic and English, accompanied by text in Arabic supporting the 2017 Barcelona terror attack.
Another image from 2017 calls on Muslims in the West, in both Arabic and English, to commit acts of terror if they can not make it physically to the Islamic State.
“A message to Muslims sitting in the West,” it reads. “Trust Allah, that each drop of bloodshed there relieves pressure on us here.”
The Hill either didn’t recognize, or did and didn’t choose to tell readers that the quote “kill them where you find them” is paraphrasing a verse directly from the Koran. From USC’s formerly Muslim Brotherhood-founded MSA site but now renamed the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement:
SHAKIR: And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.
No surprise that Google is still hosting jihadi accounts. Their Youtube platform has been a leading platform for jihadi recruiting and propaganda for nearly a decade. All the while they’ve been silencing critics of Islam and sharia and partnering with terror-linked sharia advocates.