Twitter has declined to comment on two tweets posted Monday that appeared to predict the terror attack at Manchester Arena, refusing to justify why authorities were not alerted to the threat.
“Are you forget our threat? This is the just terror,” read one tweet posted at 6.32 pm Monday, just hours prior to the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.
In 2016, Twitter terminated 125,000 ISIS-linked accounts and claimed the company was hiring additional staff to identify terrorist propaganda and improve “algorithms” to locate “hateful material.”
But on Tuesday, Twitter would not say why the tweets predicting the Manchester attack were not flagged.
According to a Twitter spokesman, “Our policy is not to comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. However, we always endeavor to support law enforcement as per our guidelines and will continue to support the investigation of the UK authorities as and when required.”
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing, and a video has appeared online featuring a masked jihadi celebrating the attack.
The terror group reported that “one of the caliphate’s soldiers placed bombs among the crowds” which resulted in the deadliest terror attack in Britain since the 7/7 bombings.
Greater Manchester Police declined to say if the “speculative” tweets were being investigated.
Twitter suspended numerous accounts, but ISIS supporters posted messages on Telegram and other encrypted messaging systems.
Twitter user Abdul Haqq posted, “It seems that bombs of the British Air Force over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just came back to #Manchester.”
Others threatened further violence.
“This is only the beginning,” one masked man said in a video that surfaced Tuesday. In the footage, the jihadi sits in front of an ISIS flag and says, “The lions of the Islamic State are beginning to attack all the crusaders.”
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