Here's What Happens When You Report an ISIS-Inspired Account to Twitter

Source: AP
Source: AP

Over the weekend, New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi schooled the world on the Islamic State group in 19 rapid-fire tweets following President Barack Obama's Oval Office address. Yet despite her expertise, when she reported a Twitter account spouting ISIS ideologies on Tuesday, Twitter said they "could not determine a clear violation of the Twitter rules surrounding abuse behavior." 

Callimachi was reporting the account @Muslimah_9_11. Since her tweet, the account has been suspended, but not before @CtrlSec, an account loosely affiliated with Anonymous, grabbed screenshots

Source: Mic/Twitter
Source: Mic/Twitter
Source: Mic/Twitter

Twitter's initial inaction is at odds with a Reuters story on the efforts of social media networks to monitor such activity. "Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants, but the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web," the article states. 

Last week, Facebook removed what was said to be an alias profile of San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik, through which she declared her allegiance to the Islamic state during the massacre. But on Twitter, it has been largely a community of rogue users who have spearheaded the initiative to find, and advocate for the removal of, ISIS-inspired accounts.

Yesterday @CtrlSec tweeted out some statistics on their rate of success.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Marie Solis

Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Just seeing your phone can make your brain's cognition worse, according to a new study

There's only one way to stop getting distracted by your phone.

China may have achieved a seemingly impossible renewable energy goal

For seven days straight, China says it powered an entire province using only non-fossil energy sources.

Snapchat Maps raise privacy concerns. Here's how to turn off your location.

You can change your mind if location-sharing isn't your thing.

Can't download iOS 11 public beta? Having trouble installing it? Here's a quick fix.

Want to download iOS 11 public beta but can't figure it out? Here are some tips and tricks for troubleshooting.

The Hubble Telescope just took pictures of a galaxy twice as massive as the Milky Way

This discovery shatters what scientists had previously believed.

Just seeing your phone can make your brain's cognition worse, according to a new study

There's only one way to stop getting distracted by your phone.

China may have achieved a seemingly impossible renewable energy goal

For seven days straight, China says it powered an entire province using only non-fossil energy sources.

Snapchat Maps raise privacy concerns. Here's how to turn off your location.

You can change your mind if location-sharing isn't your thing.

Can't download iOS 11 public beta? Having trouble installing it? Here's a quick fix.

Want to download iOS 11 public beta but can't figure it out? Here are some tips and tricks for troubleshooting.

The Hubble Telescope just took pictures of a galaxy twice as massive as the Milky Way

This discovery shatters what scientists had previously believed.