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Hezbollah, which is designated as a terrorist group by the us State Department, said on Saturday that Facebook and Twitter had shut down its main accounts, reports the Times of Israel.
According to the Times, in a post on secure messaging service, Telegram, Hezbollah, wrote that the stops were “part of the propaganda campaign against the resistance due to the important role of the organisation the information of equipment in different arenas.”
The organization allegedly tried to redirect the involved parties on other accounts on both social networks, the paper wrote.
Despite the closure, the Internet users were directed to new and existing pages associated with Hezbollah, the Ynet news site reported.
Although the tech companies have previously blocked pages that belong to the iranian-backed group, the closure comes after the recent threats by Israeli officials to take legal action against social media companies for the hosting of terrorist groups.
The Times reports that the Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan earlier this month sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey warning the company could be prosecuted if it does not block the accounts of Hezbollah and other terror groups.
FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE IS STILL STRUGGLING TO STOP TERRORIST CONTENT
Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has also threatened to take legal action against Twitter over the social media giant in the processing of the messages by terror agents, the Times reports.
The block of the Hezbollah accounts also came a day after the group released new images on social media of the 2006 border attack on Israeli soldiers that led to the Second Lebanon War.
The images upload to a Twitter account affiliated with the terror group appears to show the moments after the Hezbollah agents shot and killed Israeli troops patrolling the border with Lebanon.
Fox News has reached on Facebook and Twitter and is awaiting response.
All the major tech platforms have taken flack for not doing enough to crack down on terrorist content, both from groups like Hezbollah or organisations such as the Islamic State.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @christocarbone.