To bar the terror group from recruiting through social media, Trump suggested banning internet in their areas
Washington: Donald Trump, the frontrunner US Republican presidential candidate, has called for closing down the internet in areas controlled by IS to prevent them from using social media to recruit fighters.
Donald Trump at the Republican Presidential Debate. Pic/AFP
"I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. I sure as hell don’t want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet. Yes, sir, I am," Trump, 69, said in response to a question during a GOP presidential debate when asked if he is open to closing parts of the internet.
"ISIS is recruiting through the internet. ISIS is using the internet better than we are, and it was our idea. What I wanted to do is to get our brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places and figure out a way that ISIS cannot do what they’re doing," Trump said.
However, Ohio Governor John Kasich, another Republican candidate opposed the idea. "Is shutting down any part of the internet a good idea?" he was asked. "No, I don’t think it is," he said.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has condemned Trump’s remarks to ban Muslims from entering the US.
She said his comments would only “radicalise more terrorists”. “Well that’s tragic that you hear these comments (by Trump) which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others,” she said.