Islamic State Celebrates James Foley's Death on Social Media

Twitter is suspending any account that tweets graphic photos of American journalist James Wright Foley’s execution in Syria along with accounts linked to the Islamic State (IS). IS beheaded Foley and uploaded the video to YouTube, which took it down by late Tuesday evening. However, some accounts slip by Twitter, leaving IS members and supporters' celebratory tweets about Foley’s execution available.
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Islamic State Celebrates James Foley's Death on Social Media

Twitter is suspending any account that tweets graphic photos of American journalist James Wright Foley’s execution in Syria along with accounts linked to the Islamic State (IS). IS beheaded Foley and uploaded the video to YouTube, which took it down by late Tuesday evening. However, some accounts slip by Twitter, leaving IS members and supporters' celebratory tweets about Foley’s execution available. 20 Aug 2014, 12:02 PM PDT

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