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ISIS Reportedly Threatens Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey And Employees Over Blocked Accounts

| by Jared Keever
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Islamic militants, claiming to be associated with ISIS, have threatened Twitter employees and the company’s co-founder, Jack Dorsey, because of the company’s practice of blocking accounts and content associated with the group. 

The Guardian reports a recent post to the image-sharing site JustPaste.it says Dorsey and other employees have “become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate.”

It is unclear who authored or uploaded the image.

The post, which is written in Arabic, also features a photo of Dorsey with the crosshairs of a gun scope superimposed over his face. 

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“You started this failed war … 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,” the post reads, according to the translation from The Guardian. “But when our lions come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.”

Twitter’s terms of service bar users from sharing “direct, specific threats of violence against others” and from using the service “for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities.” Twitter has recently followed the example of YouTube in taking down accounts and content associated with the jihadist organization. 

The heightened vigilance on the part of Twitter follows recent reports that ISIS is using social media to encourage so-called lone-wolf attacks on police and military personnel in Western countries. 

That extra scrutiny seems to have led to the direct threat against the company. 

“For the ‘individual jihadi’ all over the world, target the Twitter company and its interests in any place, people, and buildings, and don’t allow any one of the atheists to survive,” the posted threat reads, according to BuzzFeed News.

Jim Prosser, a spokesman for Twitter, told BuzzFeed that the company’s “security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.”

Sources: The Guardian, JustPaste.it, BuzzFeed News

Photo Credit: WikiCommons, JustPaste.it