Via The Hill
Supporters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are launching their own social network after officials at Facebook and Twitter doubled down on deleting jihadist accounts.
The site — 5elafafabook.com — was unavailable Thursday except for a message from its founder announcing a “temporary shut down.”
The post took pains to emphasize that the social network is independent from ISIS, though its values appear to be very similar.
“We are fighting the enemies of Allah’s religion,” the post stated. “We rule the caliphate land with the Quran and we will rule the whole world by Allah’s permission … We love to die as much as you love to live … If we are to die then martyrdom is our path.”
Muslims from across the religious and political spectrum have sought to launch social media networks that cater to their groups. This latest attempt is believed to be an effort by ISIS to create a platform for free communication and recruitment around the world.
Twitter and Facebook have come under significant pressure to crack down on jihadist rhetoric on their networks. Hacking groups such as Anonymous have also made it their goal to take down as many ISIS accounts online as possible.
The 5elafafabook.com site is registered through GoDaddy to a user located in Mosul, Iraq, according to The Wall Street Journal.