Islamic state militant group (ISIS) have threatened Facebook founder/CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey in a new video on Wednesday attacking their efforts to wipe terrorist accounts from social media.
The 25-minute video, uncovered by deep web company Vocativ, titled Flames Of The Supporters displays images of Zuckerberg and Dorsey with bullet holes over their faces.
Text flashes up on the screen, which reads: ‘To Mark and Jack, founders of Twitter and Facebook and to their Crusader government’.
ISIS hackers call themselves “the sons of the Caliphate army” published the video, in which they purport to have hacked 10,000 Facebook accounts, 150 Facebook groups and 5,000 Twitter accounts, changing users’ profile pictures and publishing ISIS-related propaganda on the platforms and warn they will retaliate to any attempt to drive them off the sites.
“You announce daily that you suspend many of our accounts, and to you we say: Is that all you can do? You are not in our league.”
Text on the video clip reads. “If you close one account we will take 10 in return and soon your names will be erased after we delete your sites, Allah willing, and will know that we say is true,” it warns in subtitles.
It continues with shots of their militants on Facebook and Twitter, hacking accounts and changing their profile pictures to ISIS propaganda.
Earlier this month, Twitter announced the suspension of 125,000 accounts “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.” The decision on which accounts to block was based on a mixture of human judgment and technology.
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote violent terrorism, this type of behavior, or any violent threats, is not permitted on our service,” the company said in a statement on February 5.
Facebook also has said that it works to ensure that terrorists don’t use the site, and that it removes content supporting terrorism.
Last year, the extensive list of encrypted messaging services, email providers, and GPS blockers ISIS use to dodge restrictions emerged in a 34-page handbook written for the jihadists.
It was obtained by independent military research group Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), and published on Scribd by Yahoo.
In it, jihadis are told not to use Instagram because its owner, Facebook, ‘has a bad reputation in the protection of privacy’.
Messaging services WhatsApp and Line are also banned as they require the internet and cannot be easily masked by encryption devices.