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A snapshot of the Syrian jihadi online ecology: differential disruption, community strength, and preferred other platforms
Conway, Maura; Khawaja, Moign; Lakhani, Suraj; Reffin, Jeremy
This article contributes to the growing literature on extremist and terrorist online ecologies and approaches to snapshotting these. It opens by measuring Twitter’s differential disruption of so-called “Islamic State” versus other jihadi parties to the Syria conflict, showing that while Twitter became increasingly inhospitable to IS in 2017 and 2018, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham retained strong communities on the platform during the same period. An analysis of the same groups’ Twitter out-linking activity has the twofold purpose of determining the reach of groups’ content by quantifying the number of platforms it was available on and analyzing the nature and functionalities of the online spaces out-linked to.
Keyword(s): Machine learning; World Wide Web; Communication; Mass media; Terrorism; Online Ecosystem; Internet; Social Media,
Publication Date:
2021
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 ORCID: 0000-0002-4198-4224 <https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4198-4224>, Lakhani, Suraj ORCID: 0000-0002-3077-4133 <https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3077-4133> and Reffin, Jeremy ORCID: 0000-0002-0080-3685 <https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0080-3685> (2021) A snapshot of the Syrian jihadi online ecology: differential disruption, community strength, and preferred other platforms. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism . ISSN 1057-610X
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/25398/1/Snapshot%20of%20Syrian%20Jihadi%20Online%20Ecology_Doras%20Version.pdf,
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2020.1866736
First Indexed: 2021-01-20 07:32:17 Last Updated: 2021-01-20 07:32:17