back to top

Twitter To Suspend Accounts Of Anyone Tweeting Graphic Images Of Journalist's Alleged Execution

A video emerged last night appearing to show photojournalist James Foley being beheaded by a member of ISIS.

Posted on

We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery. Thank you https://t.co/jaYQBKVbBF

dick costolo@dickc

We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery. Thank you https://t.co/jaYQBKVbBF

9:13 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning that any users who shared graphic images relating to the alleged beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley would have their account suspended. He included a link to a New York Times article about Foley.

Costolo added that the social network has already been deleting the accounts of those showing graphic images. This comes as many users have been demanding that Twitter do something to address the growing issue of graphic images appearing in users' feeds without any warning.

The calls for action peaked after a YouTube video emerged last night that appeared to show the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, beheading American photojournalist Foley. Many users have also requested that anyone sharing images of Foley should avoid posting pictures of the appeared execution.

This is James Foley. Don't share the gruesome pictures please. #ISIS #rip

Brenda StoterBoscolo@BrendaStoter

This is James Foley. Don't share the gruesome pictures please. #ISIS #rip

10:07 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's sickening that people would even dare to post the video/pictures of James Foley's execution

baemani@shutupImani

It's sickening that people would even dare to post the video/pictures of James Foley's execution

8:41 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One Twitter user who releases updates about ISIS noticed on Tuesday night that various social networks were removing accounts related to the militant group in Syria and Iraq.

That would explain the campaign to remove all Islamic state accounts on the Internet. To avoid beheading video of the American.

Marwan-el-Tounisi@Marwouantounsi

That would explain the campaign to remove all Islamic state accounts on the Internet. To avoid beheading video of the American.

9:36 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I'm 99% sure the removal of Islamic state accounts is related to the kidnapping of the two US citizens.

Marwan-el-Tounisi@Marwouantounsi

I'm 99% sure the removal of Islamic state accounts is related to the kidnapping of the two US citizens.

9:52 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.