Sabahi (Washington, DC)

6 September 2013

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Suspended From Twitter Again

Photo: Shabelle
Somalia's Al-Shabaab drill in November 2008.

Al-Shabaab's Twitter account was suspended Friday (September 6th), the second time the militant group has been pushed off the social media site this year.

A message from Twitter on the militant group's account said the feed had been suspended, without providing any details. But earlier this week, al-Shabaab openly threatened the life of Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud following what it said was an attack on his convoy as he travelled towards Marka. A spokesman for the Somali federal government denied the attack took place.

In a statement to AFP, the militant group said, "Our account has been closed in another futile attempt to silence the truth and the factual coverage of events in Somalia."

Twitter policy says accounts can be suspended if users publish "direct, specific threats of violence against others".

Twitter suspended al-Shabaab's previous account @HSMPress on January 25th, days after the militant group threatened to execute Kenyan hostages and posted photographs of a French commando it claimed to have killed. Two weeks later it created @HSMPress1.

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