AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.
In a Tweet, CEO Dick Costolo said his company ‘‘is actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery,’’ and he gave a link to a New York Times story about Foley’s killing.
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) August 20, 2014
Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Wednesday confirmed Costolo’s Tweet, which was published late Tuesday California time, and referred further questions to a company policy page. Twitter allows immediate family members of someone who dies to request image removals, although the company weighs public interest against privacy concerns.
Twitter users who oppose spreading the images are using the trending hashtag #ISISMediaBlackout.
However, preventing links to the images has not had universal success.
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