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Who disseminates Rumiyah? Examining the relative influence of sympathiser and non-sympathiser Twitter users / Stuart Macdonald; Daniel Grinnell; Nuria Lorenzo-Dus; David Mair

Swansea University Author: Macdonald, Stuart

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In this study we examine the release on Twitter of a total of nine issues of Rumiyah, the online magazine of the so-called Islamic State. The study addresses two sets of research questions, both of which seek to build upon our earlier pilot study of the release on Twitter of issue 15 of Dabiq (the f...

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Published: Europol Headquarters, The Hague 2nd European Counter Terrorism Centre Advisory Group Conference 2018
Online Access: https://www.europol.europa.eu/publications-documents/who-disseminates-rumiyah-examining-relative-influence-of-sympathiser-and-non-sympathiser-twitter-users
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa41091
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Abstract: In this study we examine the release on Twitter of a total of nine issues of Rumiyah, the online magazine of the so-called Islamic State. The study addresses two sets of research questions, both of which seek to build upon our earlier pilot study of the release on Twitter of issue 15 of Dabiq (the forerunner to Rumiyah). First, our pilot study suggested that pro-IS throwaway accounts were only creating a small splash on Twitter. Has this been the case for Rumiyah? Are these pro-IS accounts being disrupted effectively, before they manage to exert much influence? Second, what is the relative influence of the pro-IS throwaway accounts in comparison to other accounts that are not sympathetic to IS, but nonetheless disseminate its propaganda – whether that be for research purposes, personal interest or even to provide an oppositional voice or engage in debate? In other words, how great is the ripple effect generated by these non-IS sympathiser accounts?
Keywords: Jihadism, terrorism, propaganda, social media, Twitter
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law