Riiiight….because ISIS just needs a hug or something.
From The Daily Mail: Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has called for ‘understanding, empathy and love’ in order to defeat terrorism. Zuckerberg wrote to his followers on the social media site in the wake of a series of bombings by various terrorist groups that killed dozens and injured hundreds in Ankara, Brussels and Lahore.
He said: ‘Each of these attacks was different, but all had a common thread: they were carried out with a goal to spread fear and distrust, and turn members of a community against each other.
‘I believe the only sustainable way to fight back against those who seek to divide us is to create a world where understanding and empathy can spread faster than hate. Where every single person in every country feels connected and cared for and loved. That’s the world we can and must build together.’
Poor ISIS…they just need some TLC
Earlier this month 37 people were killed and 125 wounded in Turkey’s capital Ankara when a car bomb planted by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons detonated in Guvenpark, in the city’s south. Then three suicide bomb blasts in the Belgian capital of Brussels killed 35 people and wounded another 300 after ISIS fighters attacked the city’s airport and a subway station.
That attack was followed by another bomb blast in Lahore, Pakistan, after an Al Qaeda affiliated splinter-group detonated a bomb in a crowded park, claiming to have been targeting Christians.
Since the bomb and gun attack in Paris last year that killed 130 people, Facebook has offered users a ‘check in’ feature to tell friends they’re safe if they live in the vicinity of such an atrocity. However the social media site was derided online following the Lahore bombing, after offering users living thousands of miles away from the region the opportunity to report they were safe.
Zuckerberg, the world’s sixth richest man, did not address that issue in his post, instead merely acknowledging the feature had been put to use frequently in the recent past. He added: ‘We activated Safety Check in Pakistan after a bomb targeted children and their families in a park in Lahore.
‘Over the last two months, we have activated Safety Check several times for acts of terror – including in Turkey and Belgium – so people in the area can let friends and loved ones know they’re safe.’
Instagram, the photo sharing company owned by Facebook, also came under fire recently for promoting a potential ‘war crime’ after an account surfaced allegedly showing Iraqi soldiers fighting ISIS in the Middle East.
Dubbed ‘Iraqi Swat’, the account regularly uploaded images purporting to show captured ISIS fighters and giving followers the opportunity to vote on whether they lived or were killed. Gideon Boas, a former legal officer at the ICC for Yugoslavia, told reporters that the images ‘unquestionably’ appeared to show a war crime.
A spokesperson for Instagram said: ‘Content which contains serious threats to public or personal safety is not allowed on Instagram. We removed this content as soon as it was reported to us.’
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