Alarming bomb-making tutorials rampant in YouTube

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Screen grab from YouTube via The Times

Do-it-yourself cooking tutorial videos seems to be the norm in social media these days.

But instead of homemade kitchen recipes, an alarming number of bomb-making tutorial clips are currently being made available on Facebook and YouTube platforms.

According to The Times, several how-to terrorism guides are currently being uploaded on social media and are being freely viewed by thousands of netizens online.

A recent video uploaded by Ibn Taymiyyah, a group that supports the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), has been the cause of grave concern, as it teaches how to produce the highly toxic chemical ricin.

The instructor, who hid his identity with a black balaclava, urged jihadists to coat their knives with the powder mixed with anti-allergy cream, “so that it is poisonous every time against an enemy.”

He then suggested that the ricin should be “placed into a plastic bottle and then exploded in a restaurant, club or bar,” the report said.

The disturbing clip has been viewed over 5,000 times, and was only recently removed after YouTube was alerted by the publication.

Other bomb-creating clips, meanwhile, have been published a few years back—which also took a while before being taken down completely.

Such videos have been falsely categorized as “news,” “politics” and “education,” which have somehow slip through the platform’s sensitivity filters.  Khristian Ibarrola/JB

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