Facebook and Twitter have gone to new lengths to delete accounts operated by terrorists or used to promote ISIS and their affiliates – Now ISIS is responding.
In a lengthy video, scattered with threats and closing with clips of suicide bombers, ISIS hacker affiliates known as Sons Caliphate Army try to make the case that the moves made by both Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are doing nothing.
Earlier this month we told you that Twitter announced that it has closed 125,000 accounts linked to ISIS and their supporters.
While they concede that there is no “magic algorithm” to weed out terrorists, Twitter responded by quoting the FBI director James Comey’s praise of the social network’s work on the issue and bluntly saying:
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service.”
It is based on claims like this that most likely prompted ISIS’ response. The video features images of the two tech CEOs riddled with bullet holes and engulfed in flames. At the end of the video, the following message scrolls across the screen:
To Mark and Jack, founders of Twitter and Facebook and to their Crusader government. You announce daily that you suspended many of your accounts, and to you we say: Is that all you can do? You are not in our league.
This is not the first time the Twitter CEO has been confronted by threats like this from the terror group. Last year ISIS made more threats against Dorsey’s life after he made a similar wave of account shutdowns.
In a post on anonymous forum justpaste.it, the group drew an illustration of Dorsey in crosshairs. The Arabic message that follows contains several death threats.
Claiming that Dorsey and Twitter have started a “war” against the Islamic State, the group said the “necks” of Twitter employees have “become an official target to ISIS soldiers and supporters.”
The image in the forum post that featured Dorsey’s head in crosshairs look like this:
The Sons Caliphate Army claims that they have already made a great deal of progress in hacking social media accounts which have in turn been turned over to supporters. Here is the tally that they claim in their video:
- 10,000 Facebook accounts
- 150 Facebook groups
- 5,000 Twitter accounts
It’s unclear however as to the number’s validity or how they stack up against the hundreds of thousands that Twitter and Facebook.
Below is the full video posted by ISIS (Please note, this video may not work on all devices and platforms):