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A comparative analysis of ISIS Channels On Telegram
Security, Terrorism and Society, Volume: 16, Pages: 67 - 86
Swansea University Author: Kamil Yilmaz
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With the increased presence of social media and online messaging platforms in daily lives of individuals came the threat of its appropriation by terrorist groups to spread their narratives, recruit individuals, and serve as a communication channel among members of the group. This research focuses on...
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With the increased presence of social media and online messaging platforms in daily lives of individuals came the threat of its appropriation by terrorist groups to spread their narratives, recruit individuals, and serve as a communication channel among members of the group. This research focuses on comparing two Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)Telegram channels – an interactive and broadcast channel - to compare the tactics and strategies employed by the two channels. In particular, the research assesses the discursive strategies presented in both channels, especially those pertaining to the representation of the in- and out-group by the channel moderators as well as followers. The combined analysis of the posts on two ISIS-channels is beneficial for researchers, practitioners, as well as policy makers as it sheds light to how one single group employs different tactics and strategies to communicate their message, polarize followers’ viewpoint, and maintain the existence of and support for the terrorist group as a whole, despite its territorial defeat.
ISIS, Telegram, terrorism, critical discourse analysis, CDA
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
HEFCW (via the Research Wales Innovation Fund) and the European Regional Development Fund (through the Welsh Government)