Pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Twitter users have recently been complaining, across several social media platforms, about suspensions of their Twitter accounts – sometimes even before anything had been tweeted. This may indicate that Twitter has stepped up its removal of ISIS and pro-ISIS accounts. In light of the suspensions, ISIS supporters have circulated instructions for circumventing Twitter’s phone number and email requirements for opening an account on the platform.
For example, on October 18, a Telegram user circulated a Justpaste.it document written in June 2016 titled “Instructions to create a Twitter account without a phone number.” It tells readers how to use “Text Now” and “Instant email address” to quickly create Twitter accounts and to come back from suspensions. This document may have been published originally following a Twitter crackdown on pro-ISIS accounts.
Source: MEMRI JTTM report ISIS Supporters Complain About Twitter Suspensions, But Remain Defiant, Undeterred, October 20, 2016.
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