ISIS is calling for the murder of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey because of his social network’s frequent blocking of the terrorist group’s accounts.
ISIS is also asking supporters across the globe to kill Twitter employees.
“Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you,” a post from ISIS supporters addressed to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey reads.
“You started this failed war. We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back.
“But when our lions [brave men] come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.”
Although it is not known who penned the post, which is written in Arabic, the intent was clear. The threatening words were accompanied by a picture of Dorsey that had been made to appear he is in the cross sights of a gun.
Twitter is taking the threats seriously. A spokesman for the micro-blogging site told BuzzFeed its “security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.”
Twitter’s terms of service specifically prohibits users from posting “direct, specific threats of violence against others.” Also banned is use of Twitter “for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities.”
But ISIS obviously does not believe Twitter’s rules should apply to its members.
The fight began last year when Twitter CEO Dick Costolo confirmed the company was banning accounts that had been posting images of the murder of journalist James Foley.