Is ISIS’s social-media power exaggerated?
The Atlantic - 02/23/2015
Max Abrahms, a political-science professor and terrorism specialist at Northeastern University, suspects the number is lower than many people believe. “There are other groups”—such as Boko Haram in Nigeria—“that have rapidly expanded their membership size in the absence of social media,” he pointed out to me. “Battlefield success is a better predictor” of group size than is social-media activity, Abrahms said. If, as some contend, ISIS’s battlefield momentum has already stalled, its recruitment could suffer even as its social-media activity remains constant.