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Chicken or egg: could Twitter be used for terrorism?

on Oct 28 in technology, trends, Twitter posted by

What’s the latest tool in the terrorists’ arsenal? A new IED? Using kids for suicide bombings? A miniature thermonuclear device?

Nope. According to US intelligence, we need to lose sleep over the use of Twitter by terrorists. A furore has erupted over a report released by the Army’s 304th Military Intelligence Battalion that outlines how Twitter might be used by terrorists to enhance the impact of an attack.

Were it a less serious subject, this would be laughable. Even if the microblogging service was used by terrorists, what does the army propose to do about it? Shut down Twitter? Well, the terrorists might use Plurk, or Tumblr or any number of new microblogging services. Perhaps our enemies could use Blip.fm to post Jihadist songs, or Seesmic for incendiary videos. Wait, let’s close those down too.

And even if the point of the report was to alert authorities to potential terrorist threats, I can imagine an Al-Quaeda operative thinking, “Hmm, great idea, why didn’t I think of that?”

What comes first, the chicken or the egg?

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See report in Wired

2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. So according to their logic, we should also ban the use of texting from cell phones and other hand-held devices!

    Comment by Julie — October 28, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

  2. And pen and paper!

    Comment by Roger — October 28, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

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