Twitter shuts down Anonymous accounts ‘for harassing’ ISIS jihadis.
By Zoie O’Brein, Express
The social media site has come under fire from the hacktivists who recently told Express Online they are shutting down thousands of ISIS accounts every month.
While Twitter says it is making strong efforts to shut down terrorist accounts, said they do not see this happening, but they have been targeted themselves.
As quickly as ISIS sets up accounts and spreads propaganda, hackers from groups like Anonymous and Ctrl Sec are taking them down in their own online campaign #OpISIS.
The group updates followers, linking to the accounts they have spotted, while calling on other to join them and report Jihadi profiles.
But they have said the social media site is shutting them down.
Twitter has received severe criticism over its handling of the ISIS crisis in recent months.
But this has been hotly disputed.
A statement from WauchulaGhost, an anti-terrorist hacker with the hacker collective Anonymous, said: “Who suspended 125,000 accounts? Anonymous, Anonymous affiliated groups, and everyday citizens.
“You do realise if we all stopped reporting terrorist accounts and graphic images, Twitter would be flooded with terrorists.”
After the announcement by Twitter angered Anonymous members revealed they have had their accounts banned – not ISIS.
In one day in February 15 hackers had their accounts shut down on Tiwtter, despite months of finding and reporting jihadis.
Their supporters complained to Twitter in their droves and their accounts were reactivated within two hours.
WauchulaGhost said in an interview with Epoch Times it is widely believed Twitter is shutting down the accounts because of ‘anti-bullying’ pledge.
“Even a lot of our (Anonymous) accounts are being suspended for harassment.”
The hacker also said that if Twitter is committed to stopping terrorism they should add a ‘terrorism’ button to the reporting options.
There are about 2,000 ISIS-supporting Twitter accounts active each day, and Twitter and Facebook are the two main platforms used by ISIS supporters to spread their propaganda, according to a February report from George Washington University.
A Twitter spokesman told the Epoch Times: “We have teams around the world actively investigating reports of rule violations, and they work with law enforcement entities when appropriate.”