Extremists Celebrate Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan on Social Media

WASHINGTON—Islamist extremist social media lit up with celebratory messages as the Taliban cemented its control over Afghanistan this weekend, raising concerns that a weakened al Qaeda and other terrorist groups could stage a comeback in the wake of the chaotic U.S. military withdrawal. U.S. officials, meanwhile, said they are likely to reassess their timeline for… Continue reading Extremists Celebrate Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan on Social Media

Homeland Security Considers Outside Firms to Analyze Social Media After Jan. 6 Failure

The Department of Homeland Security is considering hiring private companies to analyze public social media for warning signs of extremist violence, spurring debate within the agency over how to monitor for such threats while protecting Americans’ civil liberties. The effort, which remains under discussion and hasn’t received approval or funding, would involve sifting through large… Continue reading Homeland Security Considers Outside Firms to Analyze Social Media After Jan. 6 Failure