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'Let's have a fair war': Islamic State begs Twitter, Telegram to not suspend its accounts

Ruchi Kumar | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:40 IST
QUICK PILL
  • Accounts associated with the Islamic States requests, in the name of free speech, Twitter and Telegram to not suspend their accounts
  • Twitter recently announced that it had suspended over 1,25,000 accounts associated with terror groups
  • \'Don\'t take down our accounts,\' Islamic State supporters appeal

The Islamic State supporters on social media are trying to appeal to the sense of democracy of Twitter and Telegram, urging them to not delete their accounts.

"You people claim to support freedoms of speech and expression, and you hold these rights in high regards. You're far better skilled than us in terms of media usage and propaganda war, with more personnel, capabilities and equipments," reads a note shared on Twitter accounts associated with the Islamic State members.

Twitter recently announced that it has, since May 2015, suspended nearly 1,25,000 accounts promoting acts of terror. Google and Facebook, too, have stepped up measures against terrorism. "We have already seen results, including an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off Twitter," the micro-blogging site claimed.

"We're only asking for one thing, let's have a fair war," pleaded members of the insurgent group also referred to as Daesh.

The group, that is known for its ruthless crimes against humanity, made the mercy request to defend the current media narrative against them. "Let's challenge each other in a battle of narratives and counter-narratives," the note read. "Don't take down our accounts, and let's face each other justly and openly," it concluded.

First published: 13 February 2016, 4:52 IST
 
Ruchi Kumar @RuchiKumar

Ruchi Kumar is an Indian journalist living in Kabul with her cat Bukhari. On most days, she reports on the ongoings in the region. Rest of the time, she reads, writes and wanders around Kabul looking for people who will tell stories.

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