Terrorists, Cops Battle on Twitter During Kenya Mall Attack

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Cheap and effective in delivering a message to a global audience, terror networks around the world have adopted Twitter as an instant public relations house, able to confirm the deaths of members killed in clashes or drone strikes with national militaries, as well as claim responsibility for their attacks.

Twitter has taken note, shutting down at least five incarnations of the al-Shabab account since the group took to the microblogging site in 2011, according to Reuters and Site Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist propaganda.

Twitter told ABC News it does not police users' content, but will remove accounts that violate the site's terms of service, which forbids making "specific threats of violence against others" and engaging in "illegal activities."

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