US investigates Islamic State threats to Twitter employees

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Law enforcement authorities in the United States are investigating a threat by the self-proclaimed Islamic State organisation to Twitter’s co-founder and its employees.

Islamic State affiliated accounts called for attacks against Twitter and its “interests,” including death threats, according to the online news media company Buzzfeed.

“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,” one IS supporter’s account said.

“But when our lions come and take your breath, you will never come back to life,” it added.

“Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you,” another post by an Islamic State account said, addressing Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

A representative of Twitter said earlier this week that the website`s security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.

Islamic State militants have relied heavily on social median platforms, especially Twitter, as a tool for promotion and recruiting other militants across the world.

Recently, Twitter has been monitoring IS activity on its social network, removing content and suspending accounts that post gruesome content, such as bloody executions carried out by the group`s militants.