An image was posted to justpase.it containing a large amount of Arabic text as well as a header image that includes Twitter’s logo and a drawing of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey within cross-hairs. The text of the file contains threats directed at Jack Dorsey and his employees. Reporting on the story, The Guardian translated parts of the text, which read:
“You started this failed war … We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back. But when our lions come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.”
“…your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you.”
“[Twitter employees have] become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate and supporters scattered among your midst!”
The veracity of this post has yet to be verified. A Twitter spokesperson was quoted by Buzzfeed, saying that “Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.” Though the image file does not include the black flag that has since become iconic with ISIS, thought some of the initial text makes reference to deleted accounts. And in fact Twitter has deleted most accounts related to ISIS, and has been doing such since June of last year. According to Twitter’s terms of service, a Twitter user “may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.” However, Twitter has been particularly aggressive with accounts made by ISIS. The Guardian writes:
When the company has identified a user as being associated with Isis, it moves aggressively to keep them off the social network. As the Guardian reported previously, “one account run by Rayat al-Tawheed, who speaks on behalf of mainly UK-origin pro-Isis fighters, had a replacement account taken down by Twitter within just a few minutes of its relaunch” in September, after sending just three non-offensive tweets.