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A teenager just got 11 years in jail for tweeting

A teenager just got 11 years in jail for tweeting
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A 17-year-old Virginia boy will spend the next 11 years behind bars for the things he posted on Twitter.

He pleaded guilty to giving material support to ISIS, but this case has free speech advocates worried. Joe Flood, one of the boy's defense attorneys, held that his client's actions were protected by the United States Constitution.

But Twitter guidelines make it very clear that one cannot use their site to " make threats of or promote violence," which Ali Shukri Amin clearly did. In June Amin pleaded guilty to helping teach ISIS officials how to use bitcoin, the untraceable virtual currency, to cover their illegal financial moves and weapons purchases.

He also helped arrange travel for a potential ISIS fighter to Syria from Prince William County, Virginia.

The teen was sentenced to 136 months in federal prison and his Internet usage will be monitored for the rest of his life.

"I became lost and caught up in something that takes the greatest and most profound teachings of Islam and turns them into justifications for violence and death," Amin wrote in a publicized letter to the judge.

Amin had over 4,000 followers on Twitter and sent out over 7,000 tweets. Twitter has suspended his account and officials won't comment on the issue due to privacy and security concerns.

Cases like this are popping up all over the country as ISIS officials are learning how to manipulate the younger generations through social media. We've kept you on top of these issues since they first starting coming up and we won't slow down, so stay tuned to what's Happening Now.

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