As a response to Twitter's constant pulling down of its accounts, ISIS has decided to issue a death threat that clearly targets Jack Dorsey, the social media site's founder, and other employees. The group has posted its message on the Pastebin site, an anonymous online site that is usually visited by coders.
In the post that was written in Arabic characters, the group has warned that Twitter's Jack Dorsey and its employees have "become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate and supporters scattered among your midst!" The page includes an uploaded image of Dorsey that has been altered digitally in the cross sights of a gun.
"We told you from the beginning it's not your war, but you didn't get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter," said ISIS on its threat.
Supporters of the group called on jihadis found all over the globe to put an end to the life of Twitter employees because the company had always been blocking their social media accounts.
"Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you," adds ISIS to the post. While the post gives an impression that it is concocted by the ISIS group, its authorship still needs to be verified, according to Twitter.
Just like any other online service sites, Twitter also has its own terms of service. The latter states that users are barred from posting or publishing contents that have "direct, specific threats of violence against others." Moreover, users are not allowed to use the service "for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities."
Last month, ISIS has posted a video on Twitter which suggested that its followers should stage attacks targeting the law enforcement officials in France, the U.S. and the U.K. The move is aligned with the group's scheme to launch attacks in their Western home countries as an alternative move since its supporters had been barred from traveling to Iraq or Syria for the purpose of joining the insurgent group.
"Target the Twitter company and its interests in any place, people, and buildings, and don't allow any one of the atheists to survive," said ISIS on Twitter prior to the blocking.
Twitter is taking the threat seriously and has been coordinating with members from the law enforcement. It's still unclear why Twitter is the sole group that was targeted in the post since the company is not the only social media site that has barred any contents that are related to or produced by ISIS. YouTube has done its part when it took down graphic videos showing how ISIS had murdered its hostages. Facebook had also deleted videos that displayed the immolation of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh.
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