ISIS militants who recently beheaded journalist James Foley are using another captive journalist, Steven Sotloff, as part of a social media campaign to encourage President Barack Obama and the United States to back off.
As part of the new campaign that went live on Sunday morning, ISIS has called on its supporters on Twitter and Facebook to help create public pressure on the U.S. president and terrorize the American public so that its demands are met. In a forum post, the group offered 13 different phrases to be published and tweeted, all of them using the #StevensHeadInObamasHands hashtag, along with a variety of images relating to the threat.
Some of the less graphic entries include the following.
Americans have begun to hijack the hashtag as only they can:
ISIS makes a truck load of claims about what they can do to the US. In truth they are nothing but a bothersome fly #StevensHeadinObamasHands
— Alea Iacta Est (@j_luke1) August 25, 2014
All y'all isis clowns are so damn butthurt it's sad. #StevensHeadinObamasHands
— Whiteney (@sykesmeeupp) August 25, 2014
ISIS's latest hashtag campaign. #StevensHeadinObamasHands
The poor things really don't understand Americans.
— A.M.H. (@alimhaider) August 25, 2014