Twitter Investigates Death Threats Against Employees From ISIS-Affiliated Extremists

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Twitter says it is working with law enforcement officials to investigate death threats made by alleged ISIS-affiliated extremists against their employees.

Islamic militants with ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria tweeted that assassins could be sent to kill the Silicon Valley tech giant’s employees.

"The time has arrived to respond to Twitter's management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them," said one threat.

The tweets were made with the hashtag “#The_Concept_of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks.”

"Every Twitter employee in San Francisco in the United States should bear in mind and watch over himself because on his doorstep there might be a lone wolf assassin waiting," said another.

“Twitter management should know that if they do not stop their campaign in the virtual world, we will the bring the war to them in the real world on the ground,” read another threat.

"Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials,” Twitter said in a statement to the New York Daily News.

The tweets are from @dawlamoon, who allegedly represents Jerusalem-based Al Nusra Al Maqdisia, which pledged loyalty to ISIS in February.

The account was shut down on Monday.

Sources: New York Daily News, Fast Company

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