Facebook and Twitter’s efforts to clamp down on extremist propaganda appears to have been paying off. The Islamic State has published a new video threatening founders Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, as well as claiming that their efforts are futile.
Both social media networks have been doing their part to counter the influence of the Islamic State; who use these kinds of sites as a major recruiting tool. Twitter claims to have shut down some 125,000 accounts for promoting extremism and acts of terror. Facebook doesn’t share its numbers, but it looks like there has been enough done to get the attention of the terrorist group.
A 25 minute long video showing pictures of Zuckerberg and Dorsey riddled with bullet holes was discovered on Telegram – which happens to be another favourite haunt of the Islamic State. The video threatens to delete both Facebook and Twitter, and ends with a direct threat against both individuals. Nothing has been said about how the terrorist plan to spread propaganda after closing their two biggest channels for it.
The Islamic State has been looking for alternative ways to communicate its views to the world after Facebook and Twitter began clamping down on its activities. For the time being, it looks like Telegram has become the new preferred network, although it is only a matter of time before the service joins the rest in the world in limiting the spread of extremist propaganda.