February 4, 2013
Just two weeks after Twitter shut down its account, the Somali-based terror group al Shabaab has set up a new Twitter account and resumed tweeting out propaganda in English.
The al Qaeda affiliate’s old English-language Twitter account was suspended in January after al Shabaab used the account to post a series of threats. It said it planned to kill a French intelligence officer and then announced he had been killed. It tweeted out photos of a French special forces commander who had been killed during an unsuccessful attempt to free the intelligence officer. Al Shabaab also used the account to threaten the lives of Kenyans it was holding hostage.
According to rules posted on the company’s website, Twitter users “may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.”