ISIS supporters have threatened to kill Twitter staff and co-founder Jack Dorsey for blocking their accounts. The post, released on justpaste.it on Sunday, shows an image of Dorsey’s face with crosshairs over it.
The post reads, thanks to a translation from the original Arabic by BuzzFeed, “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.”
ISIS has had a firm social media presence since its formation in 1999, using its online accounts to share horrific videos of beheadings and to rouse its followers to attack specific targets, so its ire at having its conduit to the world taken away is understandable, but effectively translates as a counterintuitive, “You won’t let us threaten to kill people? Then we’re going to threaten kill you!”
Twitter’s Terms of Service prohibits “direct, specific threats of violence against others,” which is ISIS’ modus operandi. Regarding the death threats, Twitter said, “Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.”
Source: The Verge