Islamic State Releases Video Targeting Facebook, Twitter CEOs
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(Bloomberg) — Islamic State has released a new video that targets the chief executive officers of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.
The 25-minute clip shows the faces of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey riddled with mock bullet holes, according to the Guardian newspaper and tweets by Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group — a company that monitors jihadist movements. The video was purportedly made by a group called the “Sons Caliphate Army.”
In January, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama asked companies including Facebook and Twitter for help in the fight against terrorism. That gathering took place as Obama announced a new counterterrorism task force to thwart extremists and their use of social media after recent deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
The video’s text attacks the company founders for suspending Islamic State-related accounts, saying: “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.” In the clip, the Islamist group claims to have hacked more than 10,000 Facebook accounts, and over 5,000 Twitter profiles.
The Guardian cited a Twitter spokesperson as saying the company wouldn’t be releasing any response to the video because the threats are now so commonplace.
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