Islamic State threatened Twitter employees, CEO Dick Costolo

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo

New York, Oct 11: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and his employees received assassination calls after Twitter started deleting accounts of Islamic State members. Costolo divulged this fact while addressing the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco this week.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said: “After suspending their (IS) accounts, some folks affiliated with the organisation used Twitter to declare that the employees of Twitter and the management of Twitter should be assassinated.”

“That is a jarring thing for anyone to have to deal with and I have spent a lot of time talking to the company about it,” Costolo was quoted as saying in a report.

The Islamic State has been “using Twitter quite effectively” to communicate and spread its message.

Twitter has responded by removing the group’s accounts, citing such accounts as violations of the company’s terms of service.

Costolo reportedly said: “It is against the law in many of the countries in which we operate for them to use it to promote their organisation. When they do, we find those accounts and we shut them down, and we shut them down quite actively.”

The IS has been occupying areas of Syria and Iraq and is considered a major threat by the US and other countries, which have been battling its forces.

(With Agency Inputs)

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