THE HEADS of two large social networks have been threatened by Islamic State supporters with a social networking axe to grind.
The supporters have levelled their threats at Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. They are angry that the sites attempt to limit their conversations, and are attempting to effect a change.
This goes down in a video, which is often the medium for this kind of thing. It's a long piece and includes images of Zuckerberg and Dorsey meeting an array of bullets.
The video, entitled Flames of the Supporters, was released by a group calling itself The Sons of the Caliphate Army. It attacks the CEOs and their companies for trying to block their accounts, and warns that they will respond with hacks and create more and more accounts.
The video closes with a written statement warning that the group will act if the deletion of accounts continues: "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 your sites, Allah willing, and will know that what we say is true."
Twitter and others have taken steps to limit the spread of hate speak and video. Twitter warned late last year that it will not tolerate such behaviour, and we know that Zuckerberg now surrounds himself with security staff and ain't keen on the heavy stuff turning up on Facebook.
"We believe that protection from abuse and harassment is a vital part of empowering people to freely express themselves on Twitter," said Megan Cristina, Twitter director for trust and safety, in December.
"We're updating the Twitter rules to clarify what we consider to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct. The updated language emphasises that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour intended to harass, intimidate or use fear to silence another user's voice.
"As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs, but we will continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse." µ
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