Reports of James Foley's beheading by the Islamic State prompted an outpouring of grief and horrified reactions — as well as pleas to not share the photos and video distributed by the militant group — on Tuesday.
The Islamic State released a video claiming to show Foley being beheaded, and threatening to kill a man it claimed is Steven Sotloff next. Foley went missing in Syria over a year ago, and Sotloff went missing in Syria last August.
The hashtag "#ISISMediaBlackout" began trending on Twitter as people urged others to avoid giving the group any publicity.
First corresponded with James Foley in 2010 when he was reporting in Afghanistan. You didn't deserve this. I'm so sorry.
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) August 19, 2014
My thoughts are with James Foley’s family. No matter what he faced, he was unfailingly kind, generous, and warm. A wonderful soul.
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) August 19, 2014