A video suspected of being made by supporters of ISIS on Wednesday made direct threats against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for combating terrorism on their Internet platforms. Photos of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey appear multiple times in a 25-minute video created by a group that calls itself the Sons Caliphate Army. The images of the two CEOs are sometimes engulfed in flames, or marked with bullet holes. The video is in response to efforts by Facebook and Twitter to stop terrorist activity on their platforms.
The extremist group says it’s responding to growing efforts by Facebook and Twitter to suspend accounts and remove posts that the social media services say incite violence and promote terrorism. The video shows hackers changing profile accounts and posting Islamic State propaganda. They allege they hacked more than 10,000 Facebook accounts, more than 150 Facebook groups and more than 5,000 Twitter profiles. “Many of these accounts have been given to supporters,” the video says.
The Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — use popular Internet services such as Twitter and Facebook to spread propaganda, to attract and train new recruits and celebrate attacks. Twitter said earlier this month that it suspended 125,000 accounts connected to the Islamic State over the past six months.
It was the first time Twitter shared specifics on the number of accounts it has deleted. ISIS and related terrorist groups have targeted Dorsey at least twice in the past year. A group of self-identified ISIS supporters threatened the Twitter founder and CEO in March of 2015 for closing hundreds of their social media accounts. During his keynote at Mobile World Congress this week, Zuckerberg reiterated his stance and Facebook’s policy on helping to fight terrorism online.
We feel like we have a pretty big responsibility running this big networking community to help prevent terrorism and different kinds of attacks. Monday. We have very strong policies on this.”
A slide in the recently released video read: “To Mark and Jack, founders of Twitter and Facebook and to their Crusader government. You announce daily that you suspended many of our accounts. And to you we say: Is that all you can do? 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 you (sic) sites, Allah willing, and will know that we say is true.” Zuckerberg said in a past town hall that anything that incites violence or terrorism, “we just take down immediately.”