(Wall Street Journal) As they face regular bans and account suspensions from online media platforms like Facebook FB +1.75% and Twitter TWTR +1.73%, supporters of the Islamic State militant group have now decided to start their own social network.
Enter 5elafabook.com, a Facebook-style knockoff site that appeared on the web for a brief period earlier this week before being shut down (the Twitter account linked to it has also been suspended). A message on the website homepage now says the shutdown is "temporary" to protect its users information and safety.
The message also said that the site is independent and not sponsored by Islamic State. "The purpose of launching the site was to clarify to the whole world that we do not carry guns and live in caves as they imagine," it said.
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