One hostage rescued alive, search & rescue ongoing amid slight drizzles #WestGate ^PO
1. Shortly after the massacre at the Westgate Mall in Kenya, the alleged terrorists, al-Shabab, began tweeting about their motivations from the now-suspended account @HSM_Press.
5. A handful of accounts, most tweeting in Arabic, cheered on the terrorist unit still inside the mall.
A tweet translated from Arabic.
9. After tweeting a series of names of alleged gunmen still inside the Westgate Mall, a second account, @HSM_Press2, was quickly suspended by Twitter.
10. The al-Shabab Twitter accounts have been suspended twice already this year: Once when they posted pictures of a French soldier they killed and threatened to murder Kenyan hostages, and earlier this month after threatening Somalia’s president.
Alabama-born Islamist militant Omar Hammami (right) and deputy leader of al-Shabab Sheik Mukhtar Abu Mansur Robow.
12. When asked for comment about terrorist’s accounts being suspended, a representative for Twitter referred to their Twitter rules:
You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.
13. Another Twitter rule states:
Targeted Abuse: You may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be targeted abuse or harassment are:
if you are sending messages to a user from multiple accounts;
if the sole purpose of your account is to send abusive messages to others;
if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats