ISIS use of Social Media
We can´t expect airstrikes itself to degrade entirely ISIS. They are hiding out in what we can consider these days the most perfect haven: dark web and World Wide Web.
ISIS built a massive, sophisticated and extremely well organized virtual network of fighters. This considered virtual power will be the most difficult to engage and combat.
Using a brand new range of tools and hi tech solutions, jihadists plan and coordinate actions, share information, and especially recruit new members to their ranks.
“Hacktivism” took place all over, spreading to a huge amount of users, ready to follow the rules and mostly, open to the general public. In the past, when dealing with Al Qaeda and it´s affiliates, extremism activity and exchanges online usually took place inside restricted, password protected jihadist forums. ISIS brought a new era of online jihadism, using social media – especially You Tube and Twitter – to issue fast and rapid updates on their operations. They produced high-definition videos in Arabic, English, Bosnian, German, French, Russian, Indonesian and other languages.
Yet, we are not only dealing with the official ISIS media accounts, individual fighters were turning their fierce military operations into real time, spreading their own and particular horror and shocking images and videos around the globe, trying to interact with prospective recruits in their own languages.
ISIS defined Twitter as their most important media platform for achieving their goals. When some of their accounts were closed and shut off, they started spreading death threats against the company and its employees.
They showed to the world their hi tech capacity, when some accounts were closed and they managed to tweet the beheading video of the British aid worker David Haines on September 13th, 2014.
Soon after, another beheading were released, a video of a French hostage, by an ISIS affiliate in Algeria.
We need to understand that we are dealing with a new kind of enemy. New recruits found online and eager to engage in their ranks, serving their prophecies, can easily replace all the fighters killed in airstrikes.
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