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Facebook Gains for Terrorists Seeking Friends, UN Reports

Facebook Inc., the world’s biggest online social network, is increasingly being used by terrorists to recruit sympathizers, spread propaganda and plan potential attacks, according to the United Nations.

“Promotion of extremist rhetoric encouraging violent acts is also a common trend across the growing range of Internet-based platforms that host user-generated content,” the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said today in a 148-page report, “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes.” Twitter Inc. and Google Inc.’s Youtube were also identified as primary conduits.