‘Threats from the terrorist group are part of “everyday life”, Twitter says, following the companies’ attempts to block terrorist content on social media”
Islamic State has released a 25-minute video featuring the faces of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being riddled with mock bullet holes.
Isis has begun to respond with increasing urgency as Facebook and Twitter have attempted to block terrorist content on the network. Representatives from both companies were among those who met senior White House officials in January to discuss how to deal with terrorism online.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. A spokesperson for Twitter said these kind of threats happen ‘all the time’. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
During the latest video, overwritten text proclaims: “If you close one account we will take 10 in return and soon your names will be erased after we delete you [sic] sites, Allah willing, and will know that we say is true”.
In the video the terrorists claim they control more than 10,000 Facebook accounts, 150 Facebook groups and 5,000 Twitter profiles.
A screengrab from the video which singled out Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg.
A Twitter spokesperson said the company wouldn’t be releasing any response, mostly because these threats are now so common.
“It just happens all the time,” the spokesperson said. All the time? With Dorsey’s face?
“All the time,” the spokesperson confirmed. Isn’t that a little scary?
“Welcome to our everyday life.”
The spokesperson declined to detail exactly how many threats the company has received, though the video seemed to specifically be targeting Twitter for closing Isis related accounts.
“You announce daily that you suspend many of our accounts,” the text reads.
“And to you we say: Is that all you can do? You are not in our league.”
Officer Wilson Ng from the San Francisco police department said he wasn’t aware of any “credible threats” against Twitter HQ, yet what is more remarkable is how unremarkable these threats have become.