WordPress, unwittingly, has just become a breeding ground for terrorists. According to the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), a non-partisan research and advocacy group, US-based tech companies have provided the infrastructure needed for Middle Eastern extremist groups to thrive. WordPress.com — a popular blogging platform — plays host to its fair share of these sites.
In a society that values free speech, this is the unfortunate byproduct. Tech companies worldwide are now waging internal battles in attempts to decide where free speech crosses the line into something else entirely. And according to CEP, WordPress is choosing the wrong side. “In our experience dealing with tech companies, when they don’t want to do something, they talk about free speech, and when they do want to do something, they talk about terms of service,” David Ibsen, executive director of the Counter Extremism Project, told The Washington Post.
WordPress, Ibsen claims, typically sides with the former — even when content is in blatant violation of its own terms of service.
The content we’re talking about here isn’t harmless propaganda. CEP cites examples of beheading