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Twitter struggles to stop circulation of video showing journalist James Foley's death

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 10:00am IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

As the news of US journalist James Foley's death spread, Twitter struggled through the day to restrict sharing of pictures and a video that were being circulated by Islamic State members on the platform. Several users tweeted asking the social media platform to take some action while urging fellow users from sharing the photos and video.

Foley was beheaded by the Islamic State on Tuesday. Foley had been missing in Syria for two years. The news of his death was confirmed by his family earlier today by his mother in a statement released on Facebook.

 

 

National Journal reported that Twitter struggled to circumvent its own moderating policy as it moved to crack down on those sharing the images and suspend their accounts. However, they have not been able to contain the sharing of the images and the video. They briefly suspended account of a journalist who was reporting the death of Foley while reinstating the account of some Islamic State members before correcting its mistake.

The Islamic State has been using Twitter to put out graphic images of its deeds as well as using its members accounts to spam the platform.

 




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