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US envoy warns against use of social media to support terror

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Best Practices in Cybercrime Workshop launched

US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 11: US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman warned of the dangers of using social media to support terrorism, stressing that cooperation in the field of electronic security is a priority for Kuwait and the United States of America, reports Al-Rai daily.

He highlighted this in a speech he delivered at the launch of the Best Practices in Cybercrime Workshop, which was organized by the US Department of Justice, Kuwait’s Public Prosecution and Kuwait Institute for Judicial Studies.

Ambassador Silverman said, “We cannot discuss the challenges of investigating cybercrimes without acknowledging that social media is used as a fundraising vehicle for terrorist activities, like the DAESH group in Syria. It is now possible to collect donations through social media rather than face-to-face.
Sympathetic donors can avoid the danger of personal meeting with the use of a simple and distant hashtag” On the sidelines of the workshop, he reiterated his country’s appreciation for Kuwait’s ongoing efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis. The ambassador said, “We do not see a breakthrough yet in this crisis”, stressing the need for the GCC unity to be strong

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