Last month, Google shut down Daesh’s Google+ page one day after an inquiry from Thought Front. It is still unclear whether this blog was responsible, or if the timing was pure coincidence, and Google did not respond to multiple requests for comment. However, the timing suggests that, at the very least, it is quite plausible that Thought Front played a hand in shutting down one of Daesh’s numerous social media outlets (of which another is WordPress, the site that also hosts this blog).
While that alone was a minor coup (emphasis on “minor”), Thought Front may have once again scored a victory in the war Daesh.
In preparation for a possible future article, I contacted Twitter’s press team regarding whether they approved of Daesh using their service. I promptly received a reply from Twitter spokesperson Nu Wexler:
Hi Jacob — It looks like the account you mentioned has been suspended.
Indeed, it turned out that in the time since my original inquiry, the Daesh Twitter page went from this:
Is this blog now responsible for taking down another social media account run by Daesh? Again, it is unclear, and Mr. Wexler did not respond to my follow-up inquiry regarding the suspension.
Granted, the loss of the Twitter account will likely be only a minor inconvenience to Daesh, which still has a robust social media presence out in the open. Already, suspensions are the norm: some Daesh supporters on a daily basis lose their accounts and create new ones, or commandeer existing accounts that were lying fallow.
“American ISIS sympathizers are particularly active on Twitter, where they spasmodically create accounts that often get suspended in a never-ending cat-and-mouse game,” said a report by George Washington University.
Presumably this applies at least to some degree to accounts outside America. Indeed, the @aaam_89 account was only active for about 15 consecutive days.
But is this blog responsible for the account’s demise? Perhaps so.
Meanwhile, this reporter will lay low, in case anyone issues a fatwa.