ISIS threatens Twitter with death over closed accounts
Islamic State supporters have just about had it up to here with Twitter over the deactivation of their accounts. In a statement posted to JustPaste.it, the extremist group issued death threats to Twitter staff, including founder Jack Dorsey, for shutting down accounts being used to promote the organization, trigger violence, and recruit new members.
“We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back,” the statement reads, accompanied by an image of Dorsey complete with a set of crosshairs. (See above.) The statement further warned that employees will “officially become a target for the soldiers of the caliphate” if the company doesn’t back down. It is unclear if Twitter employees were not already included in previous calls by ISIS to kill all westerners.
ISIS reportedly thoroughly depends on the social networking service to reach potential recruits and convince them to become jihadists, so it’s understandable they’d be annoyed at having to rebuild their follower counts day in and day out. But it is against Twitter’s terms of service for users to post threats of violence, and the company regularly takes active steps to deactivate such accounts.
These new threats against Twitter make it seem unlikely that ISIS will abandon the tool any time soon. Their accounts can be highly effective at promoting their cause, boasting pictures of militarized weaponry they have seized, opposition jets they have forced down, or children and schools they say have been targeted by the West. Past tweets from supporters have also “boasted of five star jihad,” making sure everyone knows ISIS is the place to be if you want that real good jihad.