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Twitter Suspends 2,000 Accounts Associated with ISIS; Twitter Employees Threatened

Twitter is no longer allowing its network to serve as a mouthpiece for ISIS. In the past few days, the social media site suspended at least 2,000 accounts associated with the brutal radical Islamic group, including the ISIS members that serve as the group’s official media voices. Experts say the moves by Twitter could seriously hamper propaganda campaigns and efforts to recruit new members. Ironically, Twitter’s crackdown was not only independent of any request from the U.S. government, according to a source interviewed by ABC News, the “U.S. intelligence community would prefer the accounts stay open for intelligence gathering purposes.”

In response, a message (possibly from ISIS) was posted online directly threatening Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees, reading in part, “Imagine the scene, while one of the Twitter employees is out at a nearby bar, drunk, and it’s dark, a lion waiting jumps and cuts this throat … How will you, Jack, protect your helpless employees when their necks becomes [sic] an official target for the soldiers of the Caliphate.” ISIS is responsible for thousands of deaths, brutal executions, mass abductions and sickening displays of violence posted in online videos as part of it campaign to establish an “Islamic State” in and around Syria …

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