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Twitter said Monday it was working with law enforcement officials on unspecified threats, amid reports that the social network had been targeted for blocking accounts linked to the Islamic State. "Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials," a Twitter spokesman said, without elaborating. The news comes following reports that Twitter had suspended accounts linked to IS and related entities, including the Nigerian Islamic group Boko Haram. A page on the online bulletin board Pastebin showed an image of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey in what appear to be the crosshairs of a rifle scope and a message in Arabic.
The US manufacturing sector saw activity slow for the fourth consecutive month in February, in part due to the West Coast port slowdown, the Institute for Supply Management said Monday. The ISM manufacturing purchasing managers index dropped to 52.9 in February, still above the 50 level that signifies growth but slower than January's reading of 53.5. "Comments from the panel express a growing level of concern over the West Coast dock slowdown, negatively impacting exports and imports and requiring workarounds and added costs," ISM said. Of the 18 manufacturing industries surveyed, 12 reported growth.