If FBI officials in Washington, D.C. have their way the executives at Twitter will do a better job of fighting terrorism.
In an exclusive interview with Fox Business, officials at the bureau say Twitter “needs to do more in setting up teams to troll, monitor and review all terrorist-related tweets and content. It needs to build up its budget for these teams and let these teams grow even bigger.”
Twitter already notifies the FBI when a possible terroristic tweet is sent, however, the company has yet to turn a profit and adding new monitoring tools for billions of monthly tweets could become incredibly expensive.
Twitter has tripled the size of its “tweet threat” team, but the company has failed to reveal how big that team is at this time.
According to a recent report, more than 46,000 Twitter accounts have been used to fuel terrorism, mostly in Syria and Iraq. A March 2015 study by Brookings Institution found that 20% of those accounts tweeted in English, while 73% tweeted in Arabic.
Twitter has suspended thousands of terrorism based accounts since October 2014.
FBI Director James Comey testified before Senate Intelligence on July 8 that social media concerns do voluntarily report to law enforcement. “I do find in practice they are pretty good about telling us what they see,” the director said.
The FBI admits that Twitter has become a “valuable resource” for ISIS and other terrorism sympathizers.
At the current time the FBI must receive court authority to receive tweets and Twitter account information that is not voluntarily reported by Twitter’s own in-house team.