When most people think about the fight against terrorism, they think about just about anything but a social media post. Social media is how terrorist spread their propaganda. It’s not how the fight against terrorism is waged. At least it wasn’t until now.
Efforts To Date
The new plan described above follows efforts by government agencies worldwide to fight fire with fire. Results of government action have been mixed at best. In part officials say that the messenger (government) is the problem. For one thing, messages sponsored by the very government agencies waging war against ISIS are seen as prejudiced and unconvincing.
Another problem, as Canada, France and other nations
All Not Lost
Despite problems, the U.S. government
The statement is backed up by statistics saying ISIS has seen a 45% traffic on the social network over the past two years. This is seen as a direct result of the work of the Global Engagement Center, a U.S. government operation designed to help counter terrorist message and propaganda.
A major part of this program is the use of “credible voices” in local communities to counter the messaging of terrorists.
Beating Isis To The Punch
The main goal is to find out what works in order to mitigate what has, so far, been an effective use of social media by radical Islamic fundamentalists like ISIS to recruit vulnerable populations for their cause.
Strategies In Transition
Even as the study behind the Alphabet, Facebook, Twitter experiments is
This tactic makes the use of social media, which is available worldwide, to dissuade attacks and discourage lone wolf action even more important. Given the disruptive tragic impact of terrorist attacks on an almost weekly basis, the efforts of these major tech players are not only welcome – they are necessary.