On October 29, 2014, Abu Osama Al-Karar, a senior member of the Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated forum Alplatformmedia.com, posted a French-language guide to help speakers of that language join the forum and publish materials on it. The guide was posted in a special section of the forum that is devoted to material in French. Its publication coincides with the increasing closure of pro-ISIS accounts on many social media platforms, and with other efforts by jihadi networks to increase online security for users.
The guide provides step-by-step instructions for using the forum, with screenshots. French-speakers are invited to obtain a username and password by contacting the author of the guide via a special Gmail account. The guide also provides instructions for using the forums private messaging system to communicate with other forum members. It recommends using TOR software to navigate the forum, since this software is designed to conceal the user’s IP address, thus assuring anonymity.
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