Twitter under ISIS threats


Dick Costolo (L) and his Twitter company received death threats from militants of the Islamic State

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter social networking site, said that he and his staff received death threats from extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

The company has recently blocked dozens of accounts of IS militants, who are fighting in Syria and Iraq, and are using the social networking service of Twitter to promote their Caliphate in order to attract foreign fighters to join their ranks. 

“After closing accounts of users linked to the extremist group, we received death threats,” Costolo told Vanity Fair magazine. “That’s a jarring thing for anyone to deal with.” 

“Whenever you have a global public information channel, you’re going to use it for good, and some people are going to use it for nefarious purposes,” he said.

Twitter’s CEO also noted that IS operates outside of the speech that’s protected by Twitter’s terms of use. “When the company is alerted, it shuts those accounts down effortlessly.”


Reporting by: Awaz Murad

Source: ARA News 

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