An ISIS-affiliated group has threatened to assassinate Twitter employees that close down their accounts. Users linked to the terrorists tweeted a series of messages on Sunday urging ‘lone wolves’ in the US and Europe to focus on this target. Michelle Obama preparing a new hashtag response.
UK Daily Mail A specific warning was directed at staff at the Silicon Valley headquarters, warning they would ‘bring the war’ to San Francisco.
One of the calls is believed to have come from Al Musra Al Maqdisia, or The Supporters Of Jerusalem – a Jerusalem-based group that pledged its allegiance to ISIS in February.
The tweets from the now-suspended account, translated by Vocativ, read: ‘#TheConceptOfLoneWolfAttacks The time has arrived to respond to Twitter’s management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them!! Those who will carry this out are the sleepers cells of death.’
It continued: ‘Twitter management should know that if they do not stop their campaign in the virtual world, we will bring the war to them in the real world on the ground.’
The user then directly threatened workers at the Silicon Valley headquarters: ‘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’.
And finally, they urged Europe to join the pledge: ‘#AttackingTwitterEmployees is on the agenda of mujahedeen and lone wolves who are across Europe’.
The social network has been a crucial platform for the jihadis to promote their warped interpretation of Sharia law.
The freedom of speech premise that underlies Twitter makes regulation of extremist propaganda almost impossible.
Tactics have included Twitter storms, spamming the site with their beliefs and calling on Western recruits to join them.
Many of the British and American jihadis that have fled their native countries to join the faction in Iraq and Syria have been tweeting their experiences.
An 18-year-old British girl yesterday tweeted ‘I want David Cameron’s head on a spike’ in a slew of ISIS messages.
One of the twins from Chorlton that fled to join ISIS in Syria has been tweeting messages to the UK, mocking concerns for their welfare.
Either Salma or Zahra Halane has taken the name Umm Ja’far and tweeted a slew of fanatical messages, including several revealing she still plans to be a doctor – but only so she can treat ISIS fighters.
She wrote: ‘I love the name Terror Twin because it makes me sound scary. Isis love it when they make us sound scary because it makes us a big threat so I love it.’
She added: ‘I support the executions of Syrian soldiers. It’s self defence.’
However, in the wake of the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff at the hands of ISIS, the firm has worked to shut down accounts that permeate the organisation’s message.
Now, the group is reacting. Twitter has bureaus across the world. There are 12 in the US, including the headquarters, and five in Europe.
A further two are in Latin America, three in Asia, one in Australia and two in Canada.
A Twitter spokesman said: ‘Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials,’
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