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  • #Brussels hashtag shows difficulty in combating extremist messages in social media

    International Business Times - 03/22/2016

    Today I think, in part [due] to social media, there’s a real cacophony of voices within terrorist groups. … The reliability of the terrorist messaging has declined as lower-level members can post online,” said Max Abrahms, a political science professor at Northeastern University in Boston and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    At the same time, there has been a shift in the way the Islamic State has been using social media. Struggling on the battlefield more than ever, ISIS needs at least the impression of success. “The group has been struggling and increasingly in the stronghold … to a large extent this was a group that succeeded in recruiting by underscoring its success on the battlefield,” Abrahms said.

    Clearly terrorists, including those with the Islamic State, are using social media to spread propaganda and messaging, yet Abrahms said social media has not been a big success for them. “It’s much more complex,” he said. “Certain types of propaganda actually hurts the group.”


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