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Security Service increases social media monitoring




Malta's Security Service (MSS) has stepped up the monitoring of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to identify "jihadist declarations" that could constitute a threat to national security, the agency said in its annual report.
Tabled in Parliament last week, the report for 2016 said the importance of the internet, particularly social media, was given a lot of attention. A lot of work had been done when it came to monitoring persons of interest, the MSS said.
The MSS said it also monitored social media for any connection between Maltese residents and the Islamic State.

Such monitoring was done by officials in the security section with the help of information received from foreign security agencies, it said.
The MSS said it had continued to combat drug importation and trafficking, irregular immigration, contraband imports, criminal organisations and other illicit activities which endangered national security.
It said the situation in Libya continued to be monitored closely, particularly given the large Libyan community in Malta. A lot of work was done by the MSS security section concerning both the Libyan and Syrian communities in Malta, the annual report...

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