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Islamic State Now Threatens Twitter Founder, Staff with Death Warning

Twitter_logo_blueIslamic State, which has gained traction mainly owing to Twitter accounts and hue network following its attention-grabbing death threats throat-cut videos has now issued a death warning to Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey and its staff.

The threat, according to Buzzfeed, featured the photo of Dorsey, whose face has been put in the crosshairs of a gun and posted on Pastebin, a coders’ website that is anonymous.

The threat warning said: “Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you.” The post written in Arabic and the translated version said: “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. But when our lions come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.

Islamic State has been using the social media sites like Twitter and Youtube to reach out to the world and twitter’s restrictions have made it turn the tide on its founder and its employees in a typical relfection of a terrorist organization.

Unlike al-Qaeda that had been nurtured by Osama bin Laden, Islamic state is followed by IT-talented terrorists all over the world ranging from the UK to the US, including some youth in India.

Above all, Twitter has been a major recruitment tool for the organisation, which has made massive impact on the global community. Very often its developers hijack popular Twitter hashtags on political events or sports events to widen its reach to the online fraternity across all the countries and religions.

Last year, Twitter had shut down Pro-Islamic State accounts in major offensive undertaken in the social media history and all the new accounts which cropped too faced similar fate, intriguing the Islamic State survivial taking a free ride on the social media hub.

One report in the Guardian revealed that “one account run by Rayat al-Tawheed, who speaks on behalf of mainly UK-origin pro-Isis fighters, had a replacement account taken down by Twitter within just a few minutes of its relaunch” in September, after sending just three non-offensive tweets.”

In between the group switched over to Diaspora, another social media network but its reach being minimal is now frustrated to take up on Twitter with head-long in terrorist language.

Last Sunday, ISIS had asked its fraternity to attack Twitter and its “interests”, said the Buzzfeed report.

In response to the threat, a Twitter spokesman merely said, “our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials”.

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