The Islamic State and its supporters are having an increasingly difficult time posting their radical ideology on Facebook, Twitter, and other major social media websites that they hope to use for recruiting purposes and to disperse their point of view. As more and more terrorist attacks occur and innocent people are killed and harmed, there’s been public outcry from government officials and private citizens alike regarding tech companies taking a bigger role in removing the terrorist content from their sites.
Before we move on to describe the development of CaliphateBook, a quick word on those death threats:
According to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, he and his employees have been the targets of death threats ever since the IS and its groupies started having issues getting their information posted:
“After we started suspending their accounts, some folks affiliated with the organization used Twitter to declare that employees of Twitter and their management should be assassinated. Obviously that’s a jarring thing for anyone to deal with.”
Twitter is acting in accordance with its policy, which has rules against using Twitter for certain activities including the advocacy of rape, torture, and killing. When Twitter accordingly suspends the accounts of users who do any of these things, they tend to become the targets of the same abuse that they’re trying to silence.
Take for example the string of tweets that one user using the hashtag #The_Concept_Of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks, let loose on Twitter users and staff:
“The time has arrived to respond to Twitter’s management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them!! Those who will carry this out are the sleepers cells of death. Twitter management should know that if they do not stop their campaign in the virtual world, we will the bring the war to them in the real world on the ground. Every Twitter employee in San Francisco in the United States should bear in mind and watch over himself because on his doorstep there might be a lone wolf assassin waiting.”
“Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you,” the anonymous poster threatened Dorsey. “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 come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.”
So now they’ve created their own social media site called CaliphateBook, which is made to look a lot like Facebook. The site struggles to remain online, making actual registration impossible. It does, however, greet site visitors with the following statement:
“We love to die as much as you love to live.”