On February 12, 2016, Mu’awiyya Al-Qahtani, aka Ibn Al-Siddiqqah, a prominent writer and supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS), published an article calling on the founders of Twitter and Telegram to stop suspending pro-ISIS accounts and to instead counter the ISIS message and let people decide for themselves.
In the article, which was posted on Twitter as well as on the leading ISIS-affiliated jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam, Al-Qahtani invited Twitter and Telegram to a “challenge and a real confrontation,” and calling this offer “unbeatable.”
He wrote: “Isn’t it true that you claim that your propaganda is true and real? And, isn’t it true that you also claim that you are the people of truth and prestige? Then let’s come to an agreement: Counter us in a real confrontation in this war that is [materially] unequal. You have the technology, lots of money, and millions of employees who stay up late [working] on your websites. Why would you fear our ‘primitive propaganda,’ as you describe it, and a number of unknown supporters?”
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