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Daesh, Twitter and the Social Media Ecosystem: A Study of Outlinks Contained in Tweets Mentioning Rumiyah / Stuart, Macdonald

The RUSI Journal, Volume: 164, Issue: 4, Pages: 60 - 72

Swansea University Author: Stuart, Macdonald

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 25th March 2021

Abstract

The presence of Daesh on Twitter has greatly diminished over the past five years as its propaganda dissemination strategy has evolved. Yet some Daesh supporters have persevered in their use of Twitter, using throwaway accounts to share outlinks to pro-Daesh materials on other platforms. This article...

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Published in: The RUSI Journal
ISSN: 0307-1847 1744-0378
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa51078
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Abstract: The presence of Daesh on Twitter has greatly diminished over the past five years as its propaganda dissemination strategy has evolved. Yet some Daesh supporters have persevered in their use of Twitter, using throwaway accounts to share outlinks to pro-Daesh materials on other platforms. This article analyses 892 outlinks found in 11,520 tweets that contained the word Rumiyah (Daesh’s online magazine). It evaluates Twitter’s response to attempts to use its platform to signpost users to Rumiyah in the context of the wider social media ecosystem and highlights the role played by botnet activity in efforts to disseminate the magazine and the impact of traditional news media coverage.
Keywords: terrorism, counterterrorism, regulation, media
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 4
Start Page: 60
End Page: 72