August 22, 2014

TSG IntelBrief: Social Media Begins to Turn on the Islamic State

• The horrific murder of US photojournalist James Foley at the hands of the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) has it, however temporarily, on the defensive in cyber space

• In response to pressure, Twitter has been suspending accounts of people attempting to share the video of Mr Foley’s murder, and other violent extremist imagery, as users are reporting the abuse

• At least on English language Twitter, the most prominent and followed supporters of IS are either suspended and now opening new accounts, or are turning their accounts private, which limits their recruiting appeal to a degree

• While it might seem trivial, pushing back against IS in every forum and territory in which it appears, from Mosul to the Internet, is how the group will be truly diminished.