September 11, 2014
Tweets Speak of Assassinating San Francisco-Area Workers
Twitter has both launched an investigation and suspended an account following threats against its employees.
An account linked to the extremist group known as ISIS, or ISIL, has been suspended after it called for attacks against Twitter employees in the United States, Mashable reported Wednesday. Specifically, an account entitled @Dawlamoon said it has come time for attacks.
“The time has arrived to respond to Twitter’s management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them,” read one of the tweets read.
Followingtweets said attacks would be carried out by “sleeper cells of death” and warned employees of Twitter in the San Francisco area should “watch over himself” because there may be an “assassin waiting.”
The messages were all written in Arabic.
The New York Daily News reported Twitter has said little about the threats other than confirming it is looking in to the matter.
“Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Speculation over the threats indicate they may have been prompted by the company’s ongoing bid to erase or suspend accounts associated with militant Islamic groups.
Last month, reported Tech Times, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo confirmed the company was banning accounts that had been posting images of the murder of journalist James Foley. That launched Twitter’s march against accounts associated with ISIS.
W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.