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Disrupting Daesh: measuring takedown of online terrorist material and it's impacts
Conway, Maura; Khawaja, Moign; Lakhani, Suraj; Reffin, Jeremy; Robertson, Andrew; Weir, David
This report seeks to contribute to public and policy debates on the value of social media disruption activity with respect to terrorist material. We look in particular at aggressive account and content takedown, with the aim of accurately measuring this activity and its impacts. Our findings challenge the notion that Twitter remains a conducive space for Islamic State (IS) accounts and communities to flourish, although IS continues to distribute propaganda through this channel. However, not all jihadists on Twitter are subject to the same high levels of disruption as IS, and we show that there is differential disruption taking place. IS’s and other jihadists’ online activity was never solely restricted to Twitter. Twitter is just one node in a wider jihadist social media ecology. We describe and discuss this, and supply some preliminary analysis of disruption trends in this area.
Keyword(s): Machine learning; International relations; Terrorism; Communication; World Wide Web; ISIS; Islamic State; Twitter; YouTube
Publication Date:
2017
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Conway, Maura ORCID: 0000-0003-4216-8592 <https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4216-8592>, Khawaja, Moign, Lakhani, Suraj, Reffin, Jeremy, Robertson, Andrew and Weir, David (2017) Disrupting Daesh: measuring takedown of online terrorist material and it's impacts. Policy Report. VOX-Pol. ISBN 978-1-873769-70-6
Publisher(s): VOX-Pol
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/21961/1/Disrupting_DAESH_FINAL_WEB_VERSION.pdf,
http://www.voxpol.eu/download/vox-pol_publication/DCUJ5528-Disrupting-DAESH-1706-WEB-v2.pdf
First Indexed: 2017-09-06 06:19:16 Last Updated: 2019-02-09 06:13:08