Security chiefs demanding private details about Twitter users every DAY amid fears site is being used by ISIS to direct attacks
Yesterday it emerged that two British jihadists in Syria- Sally Jones (left) and Junaid Hussain (right) – are using social media to direct terror attack on the streets of the UK
- Authorities asked Twitter for private information 299 times since January
- This is double the number of requests made in the previous six months
- Overall, 1,041 separate Twitter accounts were targeted for information
Britain’s security agencies are demanding personal information about people on Twitter every day, amid growing fears that the site is being used by ISIS fanatics to attract new recruits.
Authorities, including the police, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, asked Twitter for private details on just under 300 occasions in the last six months alone, the website has revealed.
This was more than double the number of snooping requests made in the previous six months and means authorities were asking for information more than 10 times a week.
Britain’s security agencies are demanding personal information about people on Twitter every day, amid growing fears that the site is being used by ISIS to attract new recruits.
Overall, some 1,041 separate Twitter accounts were targeted for information – a 300 per cent rise – the website said today.
However, according to Twitter the company refused to hand over the information in half of all cases.
Twitter said government requests for account information are ‘typically in connection with criminal investigations’.
But the surge in requests comes amid growing evidence that social media sites like Twitter are being used by terror groups like ISIS to carry out recruitment and plan attacks on social media.