ISIS threatens Facebook and Twitter in a new propaganda video in the aftermath of the latest battle between the social media sites and ISIS. Vocativ reports that the Islamic State terrorists released a propaganda video from their hacker wing, Sons Caliphate Army. The group is vowing to destroy social media for us all.
The old ISIS threat to Facebook and Twitter began as an attempt to use the social media platforms to recruit, communicate with each other, and promote and glorify terrorist acts. Now, though, they are furious because 125,000 of their Twitter accounts have been identified by Twitter staff and suspended just two weeks ago. Facebook is also working constantly to remove the pages glorifying or threatening terrorist acts. After Islamic State’s attempts to use social media have been thwarted by Facebook and Twitter moderating staff, ISIS turned on the social media giants with fury in a slide on their video.
“To Mark and Jack, founders of Twitter and Facebook / and to their Crusader government / You announce daily that you suspended many of our accounts / And to you we say: Is that all you can do? You are not in our league. If you close one account we will take 10 in return and soon your names will be erased after we delete you [sic] sites, Allah willing, and will know that we say is true. #Sons_Caliphate_Army”
Then ISIS threatened Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, showing their pictures being used as target practice, with bullet holes appearing on their faces, and also with CG fire appearing to burn the pictures. CNN Money was able to confirm that the video was posted by ISIS on Tuesday morning and appeared on several ISIS forums. CNN Money reporters spoke with two experts routinely tracking ISIS online activities. These experts also confirm that Islamic State groups are using the new social media platform Telegram to communicate now, after losing most of their cyber real estate in Twitter and Facebook.
ISIS threatens to take back Facebook and Twitter accounts by hacking into other people’s accounts and taking them for their own, a sort of social media by conquest mentality that is proving painfully slow no doubt. The video boasts that Sons Caliphate Army has taken 10,000 Facebook accounts, 150 Facebook groups, and 5,000 Twitter accounts. There are well over a billion active Facebook accounts and millions of accounts going unused as well, so hacking 10,000 accounts is hardly earth-shattering and probably not even equal to the usual hacking mischief social media sites have always encountered, but physical threats might be more serious.
ISIS also threatened Facebook and Twitter employees, claiming the social media giants have declared war on the Islamic State. While the hacking abilities of Sons Caliphate Army might seem a bit in question, compared to the powerful engines that drive Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the combined genius of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, the physical threats could be a little unnerving for social media employees.
“The necks [of Twitter employees have] become an official target of ISIS soldiers and supporters.”
Zuckerberg, apparently not ruffled by ISIS threats, stated that he will continue to take down any post that promotes violence or terrorism. Facebook has been referred to before as the largest nation in the world. If this is so, is it so strange that the cyber nations too would be threatened by Islamic State terrorism?
“We feel like we have a pretty big responsibility running this big networking community to help prevent terrorism and different kinds of attacks. We have very strong policies on this.”
ISIS threatens Facebook and Twitter for expelling them from participation in social media, but could they actually harm Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey?
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