Twitter is an online networking service which has over two hundred million registered users from different countries worldwide. It is a social networking platform which constantly challenges its users to limit their word usage to 140 characters but ironically allows them to tweet hundreds of random statements every day. Apparently, this is something which the world deeply loves and cannot seem to let go of as of today.
Suffice it to say, Twitter had already managed to take over a huge fraction of the World Wide Web and pique the interest of people from all walks of life, especially teenagers, celebrities, and professionals who are using social media to expand their respective networks.
As it had turned out, teenagers, celebrities, single moms, professionals, and internet junkies are not the only ones who love to tweet. It has been recently proven by a militant that even an ISIS fighter can also find the fun in tweeting in-between his terror group’s action-packed commitments.
Mark Taylor, a New Zealand native, is an ISIS fighter who had tweeted his followers several times without turning off his geo-location. Because of this careless rookie mistake, Mark was able to generously broadcast his military group’s whereabouts to netizens and a number of intelligent government agencies. He even updated his profile picture in Twitter and accidentally captured one of his fellow ISIS militants in the shot.
After realizing that he had made a grave mistake, Mark deleted all of his forty five tweets from his Twitter. Unfortunately, he was too late since he had already given sets of vital information and clues that can no longer be retrieved to officials. The most disappointing thing about this happening is not really the foolishness shown by Mark; rather it is the idea of fame which had seemingly taken over his mind. It can be easily inferred from his actions that Mark believes that being a violent militant is something which he could be proud of. In addition to this, he believes that being a terrorist could grant him fame and give him the abundant amount of attention he ultimately craves for. Although his aim to get the public’s attention for his set of exploits ultimately backfired, it seems that he and his comrades are still taking a lot of pride in killing thousands of innocent civilians and destroying schools in the Middle East as they continue to harm many people and take over many different lands. This just goes to show how rooted the ISIS militants are in their cause and in their plan of becoming the most powerful group of militants in history. They are so caught up with their self-serving agendas that they cannot even distinguish anymore which things are the right things to share in a public venue and whatnot.
Mark Taylor is not the first Jihadist to answer the silent prayers of intelligence agencies that are looking for the most convenient way to locate criminals. Various ISIS fighters from France and Canada have also accidentally made the same mistakes of broadcasting their location in social media. Based from Taylor’s failure in keeping his location a secret via Twitter, it is to be expected that he will soon surprise the public once again with his next revelations about his activities.
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