Illustration for article titled Teen Arrested for Using 57 Twitter Accounts to Recruit for ISIS from His Parents House

A 19-year-old US citizen was arrested in Pennsylvania today for using the internet to recruit for ISIS. From within his parents’ house, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz created a stockpile of weapons and spent his days chatting about buying women as slaves and killing US soliders, using Twitter handles like @MuslimBruh0.

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According to the DOJ’s unsealed criminal complaint, Aziz used 57 Twitter accounts to spread ISIS propaganda and recruit new members.

Illustration for article titled Teen Arrested for Using 57 Twitter Accounts to Recruit for ISIS from His Parents House
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His case is an example of the endless whack-a-terrorist cycle that social networks face in attempts to stop terrorists from using their services. As soon as Twitter closed one account, Aziz would open another:

It appears that Twitter routinely suspends AZIZ’s accounts due to the radical nature of his postings, which violate Twitter’s policies. AZIZ then responds by creating backup accounts or opening a new Twitter account with slightly different variations of the common user names that he uses.

Police discovered a stash of weapons in a “go bag” Aziz’s closet, including five loaded M4-style high-capacity magazines and a kitchen knife.

This isn’t the only case of a domestic ISIS Twitter propagandist facing legal problems today—a Rochester, NY pizza shop owner pled guilty to recruiting for the Islamic State in a federal court.

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