The Twitter Cyberwar on ISIS

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You might have seen it, the ISIS army has leaked a shocking video which shows how a journalist is beheaded. The ISIS army claimed that it is a direct message to America.

It took a couple of hours, but the beheading video went viral on the internet. Various websites like Liveleak, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter were providing the video, of were linking back to the official video.

In a very short time window, the Twitter CEO stated that they will suspend each Twitter account which is providing links back to the ISIS video.

Twitter does not allow ISIS footage
Twitter does not allow ISIS footage

The security researcher Pieter Van Ostaeyen has kept a track of various ISIS Twitter Fighter accounts, and he claims that the ISIS accounts are being taken down in the dozens.

41 ISIS users suspended
41 ISIS users suspended

Now how is this a “cyberwar”. Well, the fact that a lot of people are supporting the “censorship” of the ISIS video, could be compared to an Anonymous Operation. The name for this operation could have been #opCensorISIS.

Thousands of Twitter uses united to act as a “watch dog” which kept track of the ISIS video shares and retweets.

Innocent casualties

Twitter immediatly suspended thousands of accounts, but in their act of suspending the accounts. There have been made some innocent casualties.

@Cyberwarzonecom suspended

Twitter has suspended the @Cyberwarzonecom account as we had “shared” the official video.

Our message to Twitter on this ban

Dear Twitter,

We understand the fact that the video is shocking and that the families are in a very tragic place at this moment. BUT, that does not take away the fact that it is TRUE. This is just one of the videos of ISIS which have been shared to the internet. Did you suspend the users which are sharing the “Mass Murder Video” of ISIS? NO.

Did you ban the shocking footage of Bin Laden, when it was shared on Twitter? NO. Did you ban the shocking footage of Saddam when it was shared on Twitter? NO.

We believe that the video has to be shown to the people so they will know what ISIS is and what they are capable of doing. This allows the people to inform themselves.

But we do respect your choice. We have tried to remove the links to the ISIS video on the @Cyberwarzonecom account, but we were unable to do so.

We have send you two messages on re-activating the Twitter account again. We had NO response yet.

Yours truly,

Reza Rafati

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