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February 25, 2016

ISIS-Related Group Threatens Zuckerberg, Dorsey in Video

Terrorist Group Angry Over the Deletion of Their Social Media Accounts, Posts

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have found themselves in the crosshairs of terrorist group ISIS.

The social media sites have always been quick to shut down accounts and remove posts linked to ISIS. And Zuckerberg and Dorsey have both been vocal about their disdain for ISIS and its supporters using their social networks to promote the group’s agenda.

That, apparently, is not sitting well with the terrorist group which, according to a report from Vocativ, posted a 25-minute video threatening Zuckerberg and Dorsey. Images on the video show Dorsey and Zuckerberg engulfed in flames and riddled with bullet holes.

The video, dubbed ‘Flames of the Supporters,’ was discovered by Vocativ deep web analysts on Telegram, a social media site used by ISIS.

A slide near the end of the video reads: “To Mark and Jack, founders of Twitter and Facebook / and to their Crusader government / You announce daily that you suspend many of our accounts, and to you we say: Is that all you can do? You are not in our league,” a statement on the video reads. “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 we say is true.”

The slide is signed: #Sons_Caliphate_Army

Another slide says ISIS has hacked more than 10,000 Facebook accounts, 150 Facebook groups, and more than 5,000 Twitter accounts.

The video comes just days after Zuckerberg addressed online terrorism at this week’s Mobile World Congress.

“We feel like we have a pretty big responsibility running this big networking community to help prevent terrorism and different kinds of attacks,” he said. “We have very strong policies on this.”

Zuckerberg has said in the past that any post that encourages violence or terrorism is taken down “immediately.”

Earlier this month, meanwhile, Twitter announced it had suspended more than 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.

“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” Twitter said in a blog post, adding that it has “increased the size of the teams that review reports, reducing our response time significantly. We also look into other accounts similar to those reported and leverage proprietary spam-fighting tools to surface other potentially violating accounts for review by our agents. We have already seen results, including an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of Twitter.”

The Flames of the Supporters video is not the first time Dorsey has been threatened by ISIS. Last March, ISIS called for Dorsey’s murder because of his social network’s frequent blocking of the terrorist group’s accounts.

ISIS also asked supporters across the globe to kill Twitter employees.

A message written in Arabic —“when our lions [brave men] come and take your breath, you will never come back to life” — was accompanied by a picture of Dorsey with a target over his face.

Neither company has had much to say about the latest threat, but it is safe to say neither CEO is likely to back down on their sites’ policies.