Hacktivist Floods ISIS Accounts With Gay Porn

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Terrorist groups like ISIS recruit angry, disaffected Muslims by appealing to their sense of righteousness, billing themselves as antidotes to Western “decadence” (a euphemism for sins like women’s and gay rights.)

So imagine what their virulently anti-progressive followers must have felt when they saw the terrorist leaders’ rantings and ravings replaced by a flood of gay pornographic imagery.

WauchalaGhost claims to have gained access to more than 250 social media accounts affiliated with ISIS supporters and their sympathizers, changing their profile photos to avatars that read “Out and Proud” and pinkwashing them into oblivion.

In an interview with CNN, WauchalaGhost says that he’s been threatened with beheadings for his queer protest art, which he’s thankful for because it means he’s being an effective troll.

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“I get death threats. [They write things like] ’We’re going to kill you’ and that’s good because if they are focusing on me they are not doing anything else,” he said.

What’s ridiculous is that ISIS is allowed to have a presence on Twitter at all. While the social media platform purged 125,000 accounts affiliated with ISIS last year, they apparently keep springing back into action.

“As many experts and companies have noted, there is no ‘magic algorithm’ for identifying terrorist content on the internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgment calls based on very limited information and guidance,” Twitter said last year.

WauchalaGhost first hacked into ISIS accounts last year after the Pulse nightclub massacre. His ongoing war with ISIS has Internet denizens cheering, but some wonder why a hacktivist group can hunt down terrorists, while a well-heeled company in Silicon Valley cannot.

“If the social media people like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram would stand up and do something it would help,” he told CNN.

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Steven Blum is the digital editor of FourTwoNine. He's written for Vice's Broadly, The Stranger, Blackbook Magazine, Tablet and the Daily Dot.

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