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Shabab’s Twitter account shut, again

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Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked terror group, al-Shabab’s account was closed on Friday for the second time this year, less than 24 hours after a U.S.-based terrorism expert reported violations of Twitter’s terms of service. This comes only days after al-Shabab claimed a failed assassination attempt against Somalia’s President and tweeted that the next time the President wouldn’t be so lucky. A United Nations report on Somalia released last month said U.N. experts believe the person running the English-language account is a British member of al-Shabab. Twitter in January suspended its previous account two days after the group used the platform to announce a death threat against Kenyan hostages. Twitter’s terms of service says it does not allow specific threats of violence against others in its posts. — AP


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