Online extremism: we need to target causes rather than symptoms

Originally Published by Left Foot Forward: 23 June 2014. Original linked here.

Erasing extremist content and prosecuting foreign fighters won’t be enough.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the jihadist group that has taken control of large areas of central Iraq in recent weeks, seems to be unstoppable in its advance towards Baghdad. However, the success of ISIS is not confined to the battlefield alone, the group seems to be having almost as much success in the social media sphere as it provides regular Twitter updates on its progress.

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ISIS have used social media to wreak havoc in Iraq and Syria, but we can stop them

Originally Published by The Independent: 19 June 2014. Original linked here.

The group’s expert use of Facebook and Twitter has helped fuel their support. The Islamic State in Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) has taken control of huge swathes of Iraq and Syria, as well as hundreds of millions of US dollars. Already notorious for their brutal religious extremism, it might come as a surprise that they’re also highly adept at social media.

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