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    Twitter has already become a haven for the terrorist group Daesh, Michael Smith, chief operating officer of the security consulting firm Kronos Advisory, told Sputnik.

    In an interview with Sputnik, Michael Smith, chief operating officer of the security consulting firm Kronos Advisory, spoke of the microblogging network Twitter having already being turned into a cyber-sanctuary for Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL/ISIS) terrorists.

    The interview came after Twitter blocked US intelligence companies from accessing a service that provides real-time information known as Dataminr after two years of cooperation.

    Smith, for his part, minced no words when describing Twitter as an effective mechanism for Daesh to coordinate its activities with other terrorist groups.

    "Twitter has become a cyber-sanctuary for the Islamic State (Daesh), from [the site] it is currently managing the most aggressive and ultimately effective recruitment and incitement programs, involving any terrorist group," he said.

    Smith added that the problem will certainly prompt people from all across the world to be careful about communicating via social networking sites.

    "Most responsible people around the world will look at this problem of the use of social media by groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda to recruit and incite violence as something that would necessitate that they [agree to] forgo their own privacy if they want to use social media," he said.

    Meanwhile, the US intelligence community is reportedly "unhappy about the decision and [is] hoping the companies will reconsider."

    A US intelligence official in turn described the tool as "extremely valuable," providing examples of Dataminr alerting US intelligence of the November 2015 Paris attacks and notifying clients of the March 2016 Brussels attacks 10 minutes ahead of news outlets.

    Dataminr's separate 255,000-dollar contract with the US Department of Homeland Security reportedly remains in force.

    Twitter's decision to end Dataminr's relationship with US intelligence community comes at a heated time: the US government seeks to expand its powers, citing national security reasons, while tech companies want to protect users' privacy.

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