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Protest against Orlando Shooting: Hackers post Gay porn links on varied IS supporter’s Twitter accounts

WauchulaGhost has accessed over 200 Twitter accounts of Islamic State supporters and flooded them with pornography

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Gay Parade. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Jihadi extremist messages were replaced with messages like  “I’m gay and proud” and “Out and proud”
  • No explicit images were posted, as the were directed at Jihadist extremists
  • Remaining anonymous, all he says is that he is based in the United States and that “shit is getting too close to home”

To defend the lives that were lost, over 200 twitter accounts belonging to ISIS supporters were accessed by hacker WauchulaGhost, and their extremist messages were replaced with links to gay porn and pro-LGBT content.

Social media platforms have been used by ISIS as a tool for recruitment and to spread propaganda. Most of the accounts accessed operate out of Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

WauchulaGhost is an online moniker used by a hacker affiliated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous. After the Orlando shooting on June 13, WauchulaGhost along with hackers Ebony and Yeti took to replacing the extremist messages as a sign of protest against the shooting.

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The hacker tells Newsweek, “I did it for the lives lost in Orlando. Daesh [ISIS] have been spreading and praising the attack, so I thought I would defend those that were lost. The taking of innocent lives will not be tolerated. Our actions are directed at Jihadist extremists. Many of our own [group of hackers] are Muslim and we respect all religions that do not take innocent lives.”

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The Jihadi extremist messages were replaced with messages like  “I’m gay and proud” and “Out and proud”. As their purpose was not to offend Muslims and were only directed at Jihadist extremists, no explicit images were posted.

Though  many of the posts have since been taken down by Twitter, the group plans to continue the campaign, said a Scroll.in report.

Remaining anonymous, all he says is that he is based in the United States and that “shit is getting too close to home.”

-prepared by Ajay Krishna an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Twitter last year said that making the platform free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is its top priority

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

Admitting that Twitter makes it “super easy to harass and abuse others”, CEO of the micrblogging platform Jack Dorsey has said that addressing the issue in a systematic way is his biggest worry.

The platform is relying more on Machine Learning (ML) to identify abusive tweets as opposed to having people individually report them, Dorsey said in his TED talk this week, Business Insider reported.

“We have seen abuse, we have seen harassment, we have seen manipulation, automation, human coordination, misinformation,” Dorsey was quoted as saying.

“These are dynamics that we were not expecting 13 years ago.”

Dorsey also lamented that the system places undue weight on followers and likes.

“Right now the system makes it super easy to harass and abuse others,” he said, while adding that Twitter has created a “pretty terrible situation” for women.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

As part of the efforts to make its platform appear less toxic, Twitter this week also announced that it is planning to give people an option to hide replies to their tweets, thereby giving users more control over the nature of conversation they would like to have on the platform.

“Starting in June, we’ll be experimenting with ways to give people more control over their conversations by giving them an option to hide replies to their Tweets,” Donald Hicks, Vice President, Twitter Service and David Gasca, Twitter’s Senior Director, Product Management, Health, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

While the feature has the potential to make trolls invisible, it could make it difficult for users to correct wrong statements made by others.

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Other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram already give users much more power in terms of dealing with the comments to their posts, including the option to delete them.

Twitter last year said that making the platform free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is its top priority. (IANS)