Twitter suspends accounts associated with Hezbollah and Hamas

Twitter bird sketch (SHAWN CAMPBELL, FLICKR)

Hezbollah’s television station Al-Manar said that most of the Twitter accounts associated with the station were suspended.

The accounts in English, French and Spanish were said to be suspended, but the Twitter handles of specific television shows seemed to be working, the news agency AFP reported.

“There is no place on Twitter for illegal terrorist organizations and violent extremist groups,” a Twitter spokesperson told AFP.

Hezbollah was part of the last government in Lebanon, but it is listed as a terrorist organization in the United States, Israel and several other countries. Its military wing specifically is designated as a terror group by the European Union.

Meanwhile, Twitter also suspended Hamas-affiliated accounts in English and Arabic, according to reports. The United States and Israel also classify Hamas as a terror organization.

“Kudos to @Twitter for suspending the accounts of terror groups #Hezbollah and #Hamas. Internationally recognized terror groups should never have a platform for their violent extremism,” Jonathan Conricus, international spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces tweeted.