Since last year, persistent account suspensions have disrupted the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) ability to share propaganda, perpetuate threats, recruit, and spread false narratives. Anti-ISIS Twitter accounts are also countering the group’s messages through hashtag hijacking.
In today's rapidly advancing technology and innovation environment, social media is a critical component of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. As social media's growth and popularity continues, citizens and first responders alike can receive timely information during severe weather events. Tools that aggregate social media content present an opportunity for first responders to monitor critical infrastructure operations, and identify high-damage areas and people in need in real-time during an incident.
Recent Western studies and analysis suggest social media is not the primary driver of recruitment for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—revealing that personal relationships are often more utilized in the recruitment of susceptible youth to join the group. Instead, the research shows that social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pastebin play a key role in reinforcing existing radical views and amplifying ISIS’s extreme messages.