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Welcome back social media outlets have become popular way for people stay in touch with friends and family but our next guest says that terrorist groups are using the form of networking as a way to further their cause it's.
Now he and fellow congressman say it's time for the FBI take action.
-- sure the web sites like Twitter don't become another tool for the terrorist -- now is Texas congressman.
Ted -- who's leading the charge and -- congressman nice to see this morning.
Good morning Clayton.
And educate our audience is still this is all new to me as well these different terrorist organizations who have a lot of Twitter followers who put the supporters in this blew me away.
Twitter followers Hamas 171000.
To -- followers.
Al -- Bob 161000.
Twitter followers how the world is is able to happen.
That happens because they use Twitter and Twitter allows that occurred in all fairness to Twitter -- what has asked him to take down these sites that these terrorist organizations use.
That's the purpose of the letter asking the FBI to request of Twitter that we not allow these terrorist organizations that preach not just hate.
But immediate violence against Americans and others throughout the world take down these sites because that's how they communicate with other criminals in their organization.
Constitutionally they're not allowed to do that and so we just want these sites taken down.
Do you believe that the FBI is not doing anything on this is this sort of the -- from congress that the FBI is not looking at these at least Twitter accounts and monitoring it is that the answer you want from the FBI.
Well I'm not sure what the FBI's doing I suspect they probably all are monitoring the accounts.
I would suspect they're doing that.
But we want the accounts to be taken down.
They communicate with other terrorists and promote immediate violence against.
Americans in other people throughout the world.
So they -- they don't have the these groups don't have the -- to use an American company to promote terrorism throughout the world and that's why we have requested.
That that not be allowed to use these Twitter account.
Right there we've reached out to a fox -- res shots the FBI for a statement we have not heard back yet from the FBI on that.
-- both play devil's advocate here congressman wouldn't it be.
Perhaps more beneficial to have these Twitter accounts out there.
Because we could monitor them we could see who's following the account of Hamas Trace it back find the linkages that -- is -- not another opportunity for -- For -- -- maybe educate ourselves about may be homegrown terrorist terrorist cells living within the United States and other places.
Sure that is a way to follow what they are doing but then you reach a point whether we could still keep up with these organizations.
Which I think we had the intelligence that capability to do so.
Are to allow them to continue to recruit other members.
Recruit violence throughout the world so it's a trade off -- to make up your mind whether or not you want the information.
Are you want really not to allow them to promote terrorism throughout the United States.
I think we can keep up with these groups we are capable of doing that we have great intelligence services.
But they shouldn't be allowed to recruit on the Internet.
To commit murder against United States Americans are violence.
And you you you have actually met with Twitter you've met with folks from from Twitter and what did they tell you.
They will probably.
-- if there -- requested by the FBI to take down the accounts they will probably do so just like YouTube and FaceBook.
Has done in the past so -- really waiting from for request from the FBI.
With several others have written.
The director Mueller.
A letter asking him.
To take down these accounts or league's least explain why he they have not requested so we've we've asked the FBI to -- weigh in on this so that we can get some response and figure out what the best -- Handled this.
Advertising of terrorism.
Yeah -- -- it is bizarre to me to think about the types of things that people tweets like on having a sandwich for lunch and to think that Hamas has Twitter account with a 140 characters to tell us what in the world are doing.
Unbelievable -- congressman Ted -- thanks for joining us this morning on fox.
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