Report: Tweeting for the Caliphate: Twitter as the New Frontier for Jihadist Propaganda

What Twiiter? A platform for Islamic Terrorists? Shocking....

Combating Terrorism Center at West Point:

Almost all forms of online media allow, enable and empower users to generate their own content and interact by posting comments, questions or responses. Online media platforms facilitate a blend of audiovisual media interspersed with writings that further sanction and explain specific ideological dimensions of jihadist activity.[1] As the range of online platforms has expanded, jihadist groups have increasingly used sites such as Twitter,Facebook, YouTube, and Tumblr. The role of the “media mujahidin” has been approved, sanctioned and encouraged with the release of suggested strategies, although not all jihadists have perceived the move away from the traditional discussion forum websites as positive.

The classical jihadist discussion forums remain the vital hub for authoritative and cohesive propaganda online.[9] The importance given to Twitter by jihadist groups, however, was highlighted in the 11th issue of Inspire magazine, which was released by al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in May 2013.[10] Indeed, within the complex network of interconnecting sites, Twitter has become the main hub for the active dissemination of links guiding users to digital content hosted on a range of websites, social media platforms, and discussion forums.

This article discusses the emergence of jihadist social media strategies, explains how the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) has used Twitter to disseminate content, and analyzes content shared by JN. Using an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of jihadist propaganda, this article demonstrates how jihadist groups are using Twitter to disseminate links to video content shot on the battlefield in Syria and posted for mass consumption on YouTube. Data for this article is derived from analysis based on more than 76,000 tweets, containing more than 34,000 links to web-based content. Through the mining of this data, this article identifies a content sharing network of more than 20,000 active Twitter accounts and a collection of YouTube video files that have been viewed nearly 450,000 times.

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Here is twitter's response to a complaint I wrote about twitter providing services to the specially designated terrorist entity al-Shabaab.

We understand that everyone has different levels of sensitivity towards content, and that you may feel uncomfortable with the posted content. However, Twitter provides a communication platform, and users may use our service to discuss controversial subject matter.

Here are some quick tips to help you with your situation:

* Do not respond to the user. We have found overwhelmingly that responding to a user who is intentionally attempting to aggravate you encourages that user to continue their behavior.

* Block the user. You can block the user using the blocking feature described here: https://support.twitter.com/entries/117063

* Learn more about how to deal with abusive users: https://support.twitter.com/articles/15794

If you believe the content or behavior you are reporting is prohibited in your local jurisdiction, please contact your local authorities so they can accurately assess the content or behavior for possible violations of local law. If Twitter is contacted directly by law enforcement, we can work with them and provide assistance for their investigation as well as guidance around possible approaches. You can point local law enforcement to our Law Enforcement Guidelines here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/41949.

So what to do about this?

Well specifically the Department of Treasury's OFAC needs to get off its ass. Contact these providers who knowingly host terrorists and seize the sites, fine and sanction providers who continue to provide these services to specially designated entities and persons despite orders to cease or fail to do due diligence after and order is issued.

And if the spooks don't like it, that's just too effing bad. Because the spooks aren't the ones getting their legs blown off.

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Posted by: Howie at 02:14 PM

Comments

1 Like the rest of the Internet, Twitter is what you want it to be. Yeah, there are bad jihadi there, and some bad girls too so it sort of balances out.

Chicago: Come for the hockey, stay because you've been murdered. - @ChaseMit

Difference between Ryan Winkler and Henry Winkler? It took Fonzi 7 years to jump the shark. - Iowahawk

Just took my shirt off at the beach. A lot of kids are crying. - @Untresor

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Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at June 25, 2013 03:22 PM

2 I'm not trying to bring balance to twitter. If the Jedi are not all destroyed it will be civil war without end.

Posted by: Howie at June 25, 2013 03:28 PM

3 It would also damn sure help if when we designate a terrorist we freeze their assets including websites.

If not why designate them at all. Why respond when they kill us at all? Why don't we just pay the tax and become dhimmis?

Posted by: Howie at June 25, 2013 03:29 PM

4 According to the answer you got Howie, it appears as if twitter considers Jihadi propaganda as nothing more then disagreeable discourse and not anything relating to terrorism. Seems that they are trying to burn the candle at both ends and cover their ass's.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at June 25, 2013 03:51 PM

5 Iran regulates Iranian companies, US companies that are located here.

See how this works?

Do you really think Iran would think twice to boot us from a server in Iran?

Posted by: Howie at June 25, 2013 04:08 PM

6 And yes I get that sometimes there is value to leaving a site up, I just think we've gone too far with that. Our shotgun/over collection approach leaves us with no focus.

And yes in a case where we are at war, I'd be willing to do other things to certain sites.

The problem is the govt is more interested in procuring war powers as a permanent fixture so they can turn it inward rather than in actually winning. News flash, we're not winning and we don't intend to because to win brings up the issue of giving up wartime powers.

Of course to win the people would also have to care.

I'd probably take a more bottom up approach. leaving the high intelligence forums and focusing on limiting the spread from there. With maybe occasional fucking with the forms just to mess with their head. And its all about context to me. Information is information, advocacy and support is another.

Anyway I'm sure you know my positon



Posted by: Howie at June 25, 2013 04:14 PM

7 Do the majority of Americans care about what happens in the middle east? If the entire middle east disappeared tomorrow I would feel sorry for them. Then pack a six pack of beer and go fishing. While fishing the first thing on my mind would be is this going to raise the price of beer and oil? My second thought would be looks like no more bullshit from the middle east. That being said will my taxes now go down. Look at the money we will save.

Posted by: GREYROOSTER at June 25, 2013 07:28 PM

8 If you tweet or facebook you are a part of the problem.

Posted by: angel with a sword at June 25, 2013 11:20 PM

9 The problem with submitting and being dihimmi is ALL moslimes try to kill you.

If you become moslime, then only any other brand of moslime tries to kill you.

Posted by: Kafiroon at June 26, 2013 01:33 AM

10 There is a video of Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan by islamic terrorists on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae8UCOtbeXc

Posted by: Birbal Dhar at June 27, 2013 07:29 AM






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