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Images, videos of beheaded journalist removed from Twitter

Published on Aug 20, 2014 11:09 PM
 
A file picture taken on September 29, 2011 shows US freelance reporter James Foley (left) on the highway between the airport and the West Gate of Sirte, Libya. Twitter on Wednesday removed from its service photos and video of the beheading of Foley that had been posted online by jihadists. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Twitter on Wednesday removed from its service photos and video of the beheading of a US journalist that had been posted online by jihadists.

The gruesome, almost five-minute-long video entitled "A Message to America" surfaced Tuesday, confronting Twitter and other online platforms with a quandry over whether to allow their sites, normally committed to free expression, to be used to propagate graphic material like that in the video.

The video shows the execution of journalist James Foley by a masked militant and a warning that the group intends to kill a second captive journalist unless the United States halts air strikes in Iraq.

"We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery. Thank you," Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo posted.

 
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