ISIS wants to punish Twitter employees for stemming its online presence
Last June, Twitter took measures to eradicate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS's) online presence by blocking some of the terror organisation's affiliated accounts.
Yesterday (Mar 1), according to Buzzfeed, ISIS called on jihad members around the world to kill Twitter employees because of its anti-terror efforts.
An online post addressed to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and shared by ISIS supporters read:
"Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you."
“You started this failed war. 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.
“But when our lions [brave men] come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.
“For the ‘individual jihadi’ all over the world, target the Twitter company and its interests in any place, people, and buildings, and don’t allow any one of the atheists to survive.”
Last September, the Daily Mail also reported that an ISIS-affiliated group had threatened to assassinate Twitter employees that close down their accounts.
A specific warning was directed at staff at the Silicon Valley headquarters, warning they would 'bring the war' to San Francisco.
Twitter and YouTube often quickly block and remove accounts and posts that disseminate ISIS violence.
Last June, Buzzfeed reported that Twitter had suspended at least six accounts affiliated with the extremist group.
The report also said that the Iraqi government had also blocked access to many social media accounts, claiming that it was necessary to stop ISIS from planning further attacks via social media.
Just last month, ISIS used Twitter to post a video suggesting that its followers launch attacks on the police or military officials in the US, UK and France.
Source: Buzzfeed, Daily Mail