The threat of homegrown terrorism is keeping Americans awake at night, from common citizens to experts in the national security community. These radicals aren’t just some vague and foreign threat; they are living alongside us, hiding in plain view. And that’s the scary truth of it!
Extremists have infiltrated our homeland, largely through the use of propaganda shared with would-be lone wolf attackers via social media. With the new encrypted messaging capabilities that Facebook has recently made available, online communications between terrorists and would-be recruits are going to become even harder to trace.
We have already seen lone wolf attacks in the U.S. and abroad: from the Boston Marathon Bombings to the attacks in Sydney and Canada last year. These types of terrorist pose a huge threat to not only America but to the Western world as a whole.
These new terrorists have been successfully radicalized by the use of online encrypted messaging on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. This makes it difficult for law enforcement to keep tabs on what suspected terrorists are doing.
Tell Twitter & Facebook to make tracking homegrown terrorists a top priority and that cooperating with local and national officials when asked is a MUST. Together, we can make the internet a safer place.