Consistent with the recent beheadings of western journalists, Twitter’s chairman and employees have been threatened with death as a result of Twitter’s shutdown of various ISIS accounts.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and his staff have received death threats from the “Islamic State” (ISIS) group, Costolo told Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit on Friday.
According to the Vanity Fair magazine, after shutting down some of the group’s Twitter accounts, Twitter management dealt with calls for their “assassination.”
“That’s a jarring thing for anyone to deal with,” Costolo was quoted as having said at the summit.
“We take a lot of heat on both sides of the debate,” Costolo added, referring to the tension between those who believe all speech should be allowed and those who believe that Twitter should block some material such as ISIS videos showing the beheading of journalists.
Whenever you have a global public information channel, you’re going to use it for good, and some people are going to use it for nefarious purposes,” he said, according to Vanity Fair.
This is the second time that it has been reported that Twitter was threatened by ISIS or a related terror group. In September, a Jerusalem-based cell of the ISIS threatened to kill Twitter employees and target its offices if the social media site does not stop closing down ISIS accounts.
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Source: Israel National News