How Terrorists Use Social Media

Watch the author discuss the online recruiting tactics of terrorists and more in his new book As Terrorism Evolves: Media, Religion, and Governance

TOMORROW: Join CPD for a discussion with the author of a penetrating new book on the rapid proliferation and media growth of terrorist organizations.

November 2, 2017

USC professor and prolific author on his new book, As Terrorism Evolves.

Philip Seib looks at how terrorist groups such as ISIL, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram use different types of media. 

The companies say they are acting on this problem. Facebook says it has begun to use artificial intelligence to spot images, videos and text related to terrorism as well as clusters of fake accounts. Meanwhile, Twitter says it suspended 299,649 accounts in the first six months of this year - 75% of these before their first tweet. The companies are now sharing databases of suspicious material, and they have set up the Global Internet Forum to bring together the major players on the issue.

September 18, 2017

ISIS has made headlines with its dramatic and effective exploitation of social media, which it has used to disseminate propaganda, promote its quasi-religious ideology and recruit new members.  Other forms of violent extremism, those motivated by race, religion, and issues, are also infiltrating local communities.