Islamic State’s death threats to Twitter staff

The Islamic State issued death threats to staff at Twitter after the social network suspended accounts used to disseminate news of their atrocities, claims the company’s chief executive.

Dick Costolo revealed the threats in a speech at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit: “After we started suspending their accounts, some folks affiliated with the organization used Twitter to declare that employees of Twitter and their management should be assassinated.

“Obviously that’s a jarring thing for anyone to deal with,” he said, reports the New York Post.

“It’s against our terms of service. It’s against the law in many of the countries in which we operate for them to use it to promote their organization. And when we do find those accounts, we shut them down. We shut them down quite actively.”

The use of Twitter by Islamic State is a key pillar of their strategy to convince the world of their “righteous” cause, glorify their victories and attract would-be jihadists…

(Photo: Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, where ISIS are fighting Kurdish forces)