“Amputate their reach,” she said in one tweet. “Pour water on their flame.”
The video of Foley’s purported killing was initially posted on YouTube, but taken down shortly afterward. Still images from the video were removed from Twitter.
The Islamic State laid blame for Foley’s apparent execution on President Obama’s recent decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq, and said a second journalist, Steven Sotloff, who was also shown in the video, would be killed if the strikes did not cease.
Some individuals, including Al Jazeera America’s Wajahat Ali, said sharing the images of Foley’s apparent death on social media played into the militant group’s hands.
Others wondered if the hashtag was wise. Other radical groups use Twitter and do not get the same reaction, one noted:
Another user suggested journalists “have a responsibility” to report murder:
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Steven Sotloff, journalist held captive by the Islamic State, went missing in Syria