A memo issued May 14, 2017 by the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Delegated Committee, a central body that oversees ISIS’s institutions, forbids the organization’s fighters to use social media, on the grounds that they are employed by the enemy to spy on ISIS fighters and target them. The memo, a copy of which was circulated on pro-ISIS Telegram channels, states: “To all Islamic State soldiers:… The enemies of the religion are using a variety of tactics to infiltrate the ranks of the monotheists and learn their secrets. Among those tactics [are] social media websites. The increasing use of these websites by Islamic State soldiers is very harmful to the collective, especially given that they were created by the enemies of Allah and His Messenger, who monitor them day and night.
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