Twitter recently awarded a “verification check” to an official English account of the Muslim Brotherhood despite the platform’s claim to fight hate speech. The reason to verify the account of an organization that is designated as terrorist group in several countries remains unclear since Twitter does not comment on individual accounts.
Under the leadership of Jack Dorsey Twitter faced critique on free speech issues when it suspended politicians and an account that supports women’s rights in Saudi Arabia for various reasons including the accusation of incitement.
However, the Muslim Brotherhood Twitter account has even aligned with Hamas and reaffirmed its full support for the group which is also a designated terrorist organization. It aims at the destruction of Israel and commits terror attacks. Some month ago, Twitter shut down accounts with links to Hamas but now it did not block the Muslim Brotherhood account. In addition, the non-English Twitter account of the Muslim Brotherhood is known to openly celebrate the death of Jewish people and is followed by radical Islamists.
President-designate Donald Trump supposedly plans to support a bill in Congress that would declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and thereby ban it in the USA. Trump’s foreign-policy adviser Walid Pheres told Egyptian media that the legislation that was already introduced by Ted Cruz was held up because the Obama administration backed the Brotherhood. In contrast, Trump will back the bill called the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act”. It identifies the group’s network in the USA, including the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a terrorist organization. Several other countries already banned it like Russia or some Arab countries.
Since the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial in 2007/2008 it is obvious that the Muslim Brotherhood aims at an agenda of Islamic supremacy called “civilization jihad” through the infiltration of the political system of the USA. This infiltration includes Muslim Brotherhood front groups as well as individuals in influential political positions such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, who is known to have personal connections to the group.
Members of Parliament criticized the Foreign Office for the “misguided” report into the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. The central point of criticism was the appointment of Sir John Jenkins, the ambassador to Saudi Arabia, as person in charge of the report which gave the impression that the review was influenced by a foreign state. The report was only released 18 months after its completion and there was speculation that it was stalled because Middle Eastern allies in the fight against ISIS could be displeased by the report’s findings.
The Muslim Brotherhood played an important role in the revolution of 2011 in Egypt and is regarded as terrorist organization by many countries. Although the goal of the review was to gain more knowledge about the Muslim Brotherhood, it failed to explain significant factors of influence on the group such as its removal from power in Egypt in 2013 and the comprehensive repression of Muslim Brotherhood supporters.