Jihadi Accounts On Twitter-Owned Video Service Vine Share Videos Supporting Terrorism: WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES

June 16, 2016

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Vine is a video-sharing platform allowing users to create six-second videos, which repeatedly play on a loop. Each user’s profile shows the number of “loops” their profile has generated – the number of times that a video uploaded by a user is viewed on a computer or mobile device.[1] The company was started in 2012 and was bought by Twitter that same year.[2]

According to its terms of service, Vine states that users may “be exposed to Content that might be offensive, harmful… or otherwise inappropriate.”[3]

ISIS and Al-Qaeda media organs have created numerous Vine accounts, which share official propaganda as well as videos showing the results of attacks perpetrated by the groups. The most popular hashtags on these posts, “Caliphate,” “Islamic State,” and “Al-Qaeda,” allow these posts (some quite graphic and explicit) to circulate freely on the site. Vine’s interface gives users the ability to like videos, repost them to their own profiles, and share the videos on external services like Facebook and Twitter.

Following are examples of these accounts:

This page, entitled “Daughter of the Ideology” has generated 4,386 loops as of June 9, 2016:

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This channel shares Islamic State propaganda videos, focusing on individual fighters. The videos shared on this page emphasize the dual nature of an ISIS member, a man of faith and a warrior against the enemies of the Caliphate.

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The channel “Province of Egypt, Coming Soon” has generated 3,134 loops as of June 9, 2016.

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The most popular videos looped on this channel are abridged versions of ISIS videos showing prisoner executions. The videos show various methods of murder or torture including knives, guns, and fire, which have been used to execute people ISIS deems as infidels.

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The channel “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is His Messenger” has generated 439 loops as of June 9, 2016.

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This channel shares Al-Qaeda propaganda, particularly of mujahideen fighters in the midst of battle with their enemies. The image on the right below features Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and shares messages to Al-Qaeda supporters lauding jihad.

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The channel “Snipers of the Caliphate” has generated 140 loops as of June 9, 2016.

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Thus far, the channel has only shared a single video, showing Islamic State snipers in action on the battlefield.

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The channel “Victory for the Truth” reached 71 loops as of June 9, 2016.

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This video shared by the channel is an abridged compilation of ISIS-made propaganda, which promises to bring violence and mayhem to America and the Western world.

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The following channels have not shared pro-ISIS or pro-Al Qaeda propaganda or content, but their profiles indicate that they are intended to support terrorist causes:

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Endnotes:

[1] Blog.vine.co, July 1, 2014.

[2] Allthingsd.com, October 9, 2012.

[3] Vine.co/terms