What It's Like To Get Mistaken For The Leader Of ISIS

What It's Like To Get Mistaken For The Leader Of ISIS
Twitter hasn't explained why it suspended the account of an anti-ISIS activist who happens to have a similar last name as the ISIS leader.

Did Twitter confuse this man with the leader of ISIS?

"I would expect this kind of mistake from a lazy journalist, but I wouldn’t expect it from Twitter," Iyad El-Baghdadi said. 

Iyad El-Baghdadi is an entrepreneur, writer and Arab Spring activist. (Video via Oslo Freedom Forum)

He's (obviously) not that Baghdadi. 

"I’m basically the polar opposite of ISIS. Everything I speak about is basically the antidote to ISIS," El-Baghdadi said.  

Bizarrely, some news outlets mixed them up. 

Twitter might have, too. It briefly suspended his account. 

"They just said, ‘You violated the Twitter rule,'" El-Baghdadi said. 

Twitter did not respond to Newsy's request for comment. 

Its rules ban "abusive behavior" and "hateful content." 

El-Baghdadi's posts were anything but. 

"There are lots of actual trolls out there. I even try to report some of them and nothing happens. To the point that now I don’t even bother reporting because I don’t think anything will happen. I don’t trust the process anymore," El-Baghdadi said.  

In late 2014, ISIS supporters were operating at least 46,000 Twitter accounts, according to a study by the Brookings Institution