Facebook promptly shut down a cluster of pages that peddled T-Shirts, hoodies and action figures touting the murderous terror organization ISIS after FoxNews.com contacted the social media giant to ask why they had not been flagged.
Gear bearing slogans like “Mujahideen Around the World United We Stand,” “Fight for Freedom Till The Last Drop of Blood” and even “We Stand for ISIS” - the acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant - is still for sale on web pages of mainly Indonesian merchandisers, but the Menlo Park, Calif., social media company is no longer a part of the twisted promotion.
"At Facebook, we have rules that bar direct statements of hate, attacks on private individuals and groups, and the promotion of terrorism," said a Facebook statement from spokesman Israel Hernandez. "We have a team of professional investigators both here in the US and abroad who enforce these rules. Where hateful content is posted and reported, Facebook removes it and disables accounts of those responsible. Whenever we become aware of possible violations of our terms, we will investigate these instances and take action if violations of our Statements of Rights and Responsibilities take place.”
“We must stop jihad online because these groups target our children through social media.”
- Dave Gaubatz, terrorism expert
Those cashing in on the support for terrorism include Rezji MLTN, which bills itself as “the ultimate clothing brand for Islamic Movement,” Zirah Moslem and Kaos Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, which has been up and running for only a month.
Kaos has a black T-shirt for sale that allows fanatical followers to show their support for the army of jihadists plundering their way toward Baghdad. Their ISIS T-shirt, emblazoned with a picture of the world bracketed by two Kalashnikov rifles, and others like it, can be had for $7 to $13. The retailers all operate out of Jakarta in Indonesia, a hotbed of Muslim fundamentalism.
Dave Gaubatz, author of “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America,” said Facebook and other social media sites have a responsibility to make sure they aren't used to further the sick goals of the Sharia terror group bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate.
“I am a defender of the U.S. Constitution but the Constitution was not designed for enemies of America,” said Gaubatz, a former U.S. Air Force investigator. “We must stop jihad online because these groups target our children through social media.”
It’s hard to know if the clothing is selling well, or if ISIS getting a cut of the sales, but Zirah Moslem boasted more than 9,000 likes before they were kicked off of Facebook. The page bore a photo of two jihadi wannabes wearing the tops on a dusty street and waving ISIS flags.
Zirah Moslem - now only on its website - has other items in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Palestinians and opponents of Democracy. The outfit’s “No More Democrazy” T-shirts range in sizes from medium to XXL.
And the merchandise isn’t limited to T-shirts. There were hoodies and jackets and on the Rezi MLTN Facebook page a gun-toting hooded ISIS action figure. There are even ISIS polos in white and black. “New Rezji Poloshirt with ISIS BADGE,” says Rezi’s Facebook page. “Let's Support them ....”
Zirah Moslem and Rezi MLTN have been on Facebook since 2011, though Facebook does censor offensive posts and pages.
Last month, Facebook removed a page glorifying Elliot Rodger, the California man whose rampage near the campus of University of California-Santa Barbara left six dead. It also removed a page urging death to Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher involved in a standoff with the federal government for grazing cattle on public land.